As temperatures continue to drop overnight, the rivers are begging the chinook and coho to start moving up river.

The chinook have been coming pretty stead after a huge surge earlier in the month on the Columbia River.

US Army Corps of Engineers

The Yakima River opened for fall chinook and coho fishing at the beginning of the month, but the coho have been no-shows up to this point for the most part. While the numbers have been steady, pressure near the Prosser wineries has been lighter than in years past.


Just like the Columbia River, the daily limit is six salmon on the Yak and anglers may keep two adults as part of that limit. The season comes to a close on October 22nd, but don't let that time slip past you.

Once the irrigation water is released, the season is over no matter what the date is.

Wild or hatchery chinook are fair game, the fish do not need to be adipose clipped to be harvested.

Don't forget, the Yakima River is closed to fishing for salmon at night.

Steelhead are a BIG no-no, so do not take any out of the water to dehook if you happen to find one.