Get Ready For Summer Salmon
In case you haven't heard yet, summer is here.
McNary Dam Pool and Hanford Reach recreational salmon fisheries are set to open this week.
That's right, from June 16th through June 30th, you can go after chinook, sockeye and steelhead.
From the McNary Dam to the Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco, otherwise known as "the blue bridge," you have a whopping daily limit of six (6), up to two may be adult salmon or one adult salmon and one hatchery steelhead. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook and sockeye.
The popular Yakima River confluence with the Columbia River has its own special catch code and its own rules. From the blue bridge in Pasco to the Interstate 182 Bridge at Richland near Columbia Point, your limit decreases. Your daily count is four (4) salmon, of which no more than one (1) may be an adult hatchery chinook and no more than two (2) may be sockeye.
From there up Priest Rapids Dam, your daily limit goes back to six (6) salmon, of which no more than two (2) may be adult hatchery chinook and no more than three (3) may be sockeye.
As standard now for some time, you must use barbless hooks when fishing for salmon.
Tight lines! (and call me, I'm always ready)