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Ready To Fish For Springers?

Well, I know everyone had springer fever, but that water is high and muddy.

More like chocolate milk.

We are talking about the Yakima of course.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that two sections of the lower Yakima River are going to open to fishing for hatchery spring chinook salmon April 28th through June 15th.

The river will open in two sections. The first, where the Yakima river really ends at the Highway 240 bridge in Richland is where the boundary begins and extends to the Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser, which is normally not a bad spot to drift eggs without tangles.

The second area actually extend past Prosser from the Wine Country Road Bridge upriver of the dam to the State Route 241 Bridge (Sunnyside – Mabton Hwy.).

Fishery managers are forecasting a harvestable return of 2,760 adults, with a daily limit of two (2) hatchery chinook with the missing adipose fin.

You can use up to two (2), single-point, barbless hooks with a hook gap from point to shank of 3/4 inch or less when drifting your eggs.

A Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required to participate in this fishery except for “Free Fishing Weekend,” June 10-11th. Be warned however, recording salmon catch on a free Catch Record Card is required on Free Fishing Weekend. If you have kids, go get them a card as well, they need one or you get the fine.

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