Yakima River Fishing Report near West Pasco, Washington

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Yakima River

on April 7th

Well, I guess Fred F hasn't felt like updating for a while. Here is April for the Yakima River.

Nothing. Bubkus. Zilch. caught fishing Yakima River by Tight Lines


on September 9th

This is my favorite fishing month!

Nothing. Bubkus. Zilch. caught fishing Yakima River by Fred F

Yakima River

on August 27th


Nothing. Bubkus. Zilch. caught fishing Yakima River by William  Schmidt

Yakima River Hatches

on July 15th

I found this cool chart on google images. Hope it helps.

Nothing. Bubkus. Zilch. caught fishing Yakima River by William  Schmidt


on July 15th

During the same google images search I also managed to find this. I also found ones for the other months and will post them one by one as time goes by.

Nothing. Bubkus. Zilch. caught fishing Yakima River by William  Schmidt

Cutthroat and Rainbows

on May 5th

Water flow above WIlson Creek is big and strong, although that will not last for long as river levels drop and water temps rise. Try fishing the inside corners for best results. It's predicted to be a big hatch this year and we're about to reap the results. Visibility is good and getting better, currently at about 3-4 feet.

Location Details
Species Caught: Cutthroat Trout
Length: 17in.

Fishing Tips for Yakima River

on February 8th

It’s amazing how much man can mess with nature. In spring when most rivers are experiencing their highest flows for the season the Yakima is at its lowest. When most rivers are at their lowest in the summer the Yakima is at its highest. In fact 10 times as much water flows through the river in August as it does in spring. All of this is because of man and his need for electricity and water for his crops. That’s not to say the fishing here is bad. In fact the trout fishing here is one of the top 100 in all of the US. The fishery is mostly made up of rainbows but there are also lots of cutthroats and the fish and game department is stocking Chinooks to try to restore populations of wild fish. The top most part of the river that is worth fishing is the run in between the bottom drawn tailwater of Keechelus and Cle Elum. Fishing in this stretch is impossible when the water0s high but when flows return to minimum you can find 1,000s of eager 8 to 12 inch trout that will smack any dry fly you put in their face. For about 20 miles downstream of Cle Elum the river flows through a big valley, much of which is forested. The river flows over gravel bars that are separated by calm pools, all of which holds nice fish. The meadow ends at Ellensburg. There is another stretch of water downstream of Ellensburg that contain good fish but all of that is almost never fished because people are too busy catching trout in the canyon that begins near Thrall. Believe it or not, thanks to an old railroad track access to the canyon is easy. And access it you should. This stretch of river is the stretch the Yakima is known for. Nowhere else in the river are the fish bigger or more plentiful. The river in the canyon is much like the river in the meadow except there are more boulders and pocket water. The fishing in the canyon kicks off with the skwala hatch in late February. The skwala hatch runs through early April. Following the skwala’s are march browns in March, green drakes in May and June, caddis from March through October, pale morning duns from mid-May to mid-June, Baetis which can be found in spring and fall, and lastly salmon flies, which are good in June. On top of those fish will also bite streamers and terrestrials. When fishing here use a #10 to #20 most of the year except in fall when you should use a size smaller. As a parting note be sure to check for special regulations before you go. It will save you from a heap of trouble for doing something you didn’t know you couldn0t do. Good luck fishing!

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