The Yakima River will open for spring chinook fishing May 2 to June 15 from the Highway 240 bridge in Richland to the Grant Avenue bridge in Prosser.
More of the river will open a week later. Fishing will be allowed from the Interstate 82 bridge at Union Gap to the railroad bridge 600 miles downstream of the Roza Dam May 9 through June 30.
The Yakama Nation and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife fishery managers are forecasting a return of 3,900 adult hatchery spring chinook large enough to catch to the Yakima River this year, according to the state.
Anglers are limited to two hatchery chinook per day. They must be at least 12 inches long and have the missing adipose fin that identifies them as hatchery-raised. Wild salmon and steelhead must be released unharmed. Other game fish also must be released if the season for them has not opened.