The Yakima River begins near Cle Elum, WA approximately 75 miles northeast of Yakima and empties into the Columbia River near Richland. The entire length of the river provides excellent fishing. The upper portions (especially in the Yakima River Canyon between Yakima and Ellensburg) offer some of the best fly fishing in the country and anglers from all over the world come to catch trophy sized Rainbow and Brown Trout in the Spring, Summer and early Fall. Whitefish can be caught from December through February. In the lower portions of the river, you can also catch bass and some catfish.
All portions of the Yakima River are closed to fishing for Steelhead. Fishing for Salmon is allowed only during specified times which are determined by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Regulations for other species are as follows:
Mouth (highway 240 bridge to 3500' below Roza Dam):
Trout fishing is allowed only from June 1st through March 31st with a minimum size of 12" and a daily limit of 2 fish. All trout longer than 20" must be released.
Fishing for other game fish species is open year-round and statewide rules apply. 5 bass may be kept with no minimum size. No more than 3 bass over 15" may be kept. 15 whitefish can be kept with no minimum size. There is no limit or minimum size on other species, only 1 Channel Catfish kept may be longer than 24". Chumming is allowed only below the Prosser dam.
3500' below Roza Dam to Roza Dam:
Fishing for all species is closed except December 1 through February 28th when a single barbless hook may be used for Whitefish only.
Roza Dam to Easton Dam:
Fishing for all species is open year-round. Selective gear rules apply, which means you may only use artificial flies and lures and all hooks must be barbless. Bait is allowed with a single barbless hook for whitefish only from December 1st through February 28th. Trout fishing is by catch-and-release only, none may be kept. Statewide regulations apply for all other species.
Lake Easton to Keechelus Dam:
Fishing for all species is open year-round. Statewide rules and Selective Gear rules apply.
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