YAKIMA — Fall chinook are returning in extremely low numbers to the Yakima River and as a result, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has issued a fishing rule change that goes into effect on Thursday, October 18.

Salmon fishing on the Yakima River will be closed from Highway 240 bridge in Richland (river mile 2.1) to the Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser (river mile 47) approximately 1,000 feet downstream of Prosser Dam.

The WDFW reports the purpose of the closure is necessary to meet conservation and hatchery broodstock collection needs for all chinook and coho in the Yakima River Basin.

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