If you haven't been around the river in a couple of weeks, things have changed.

The high water from spring has slowly made way for more normal levels for June.

That means the water is warmer than the ice cold spring water and the fish are in the early summer frenzy.

Kayaking is a great way to get to fish, especially those that boat anglers and bank anglers alike will never see. Kayaks can go many places those others cannot.

If you are fishing deep water, finding structure can be tricky without the gadgets a boat can support.

Focus your efforts on finding the spots on the river that are less traveled.

This takes some pre-planning and study before hand.

Washington rivers have many man-made obstacles to consider, not just the big dams. There are many other barriers and things to watch out for.

One of the main things this time of year to contend with is the heat. Many choose to toss the life vest back into the garage or truck when it gets this hot.

If you're fishing on an unknown or new stretch of the river for you, this can be a fatal mistake.

Keep in mind all state laws when on the water, but common sense goes a long way, too.

The Yakima River is a great river for summer float trips on kayak or rafts. Fishing or just floating with some friends and music are a great way to cool down in the hot summer months.

Now that the rivers aren't made up of chocolate milk-like water, the fun time is here!

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