Anglers can fish for coho salmon in middle section of Yakima River

With a record run of coho salmon is returning to the upper Yakima River, the state has opened the middle section of the river to recreational fishing.

The opening began today and will run through Nov. 9. It covers the stretch of river from the Interstate 82 bridge at Union Gap to the "closed water" line 3,500 feet downstream of Roza Dam.

Anglers are allowed to keep hatchery and wild coho.

With more than 15,000 fish having passed Prosser Dam through Monday, Yakama Nation and state Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists agreed a harvestable surplus was available.

Among the rules:

Anglers are reminded that fishing for steelhead remains closed. All steelhead (rainbow trout greater than 20 inches in length) must be immediately released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.

Also, the river is closed to fishing year-round for all species 400 feet upstream from the upstream side of the Yakima Avenue/Terrace Heights Road bridge in Yakima, including the area adjacent and downstream of the Roza Wasteway No. 2 fish barrier rack next to Morton & Sons Inc.