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:

•  Daily limit of two coho (wild or hatchery).

•  Barbless hooks are required (single-point or multiple-point allowed).

•  During this fishery, the selective gear rules prohibiting use of bait and knotted nets is temporarily suspended.

•  A night closure is in effect.

•  Fishing for trout and other gamefish closes on Oct. 31 by permanent rule.

•  A Columbia River salmon/steelhead endorsement is required to participate in this salmon fishery.

•  Fishing from boats equipped with an internal combustion motor is allowed only from the Interstate 82 bridge at Union Gap to the eastbound (upstream) I-82 bridge at Selah Gap. Such boats may be used for transportation only upstream of the Selah Gap bridge.

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.