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Yakima River Fishing Report 3-6-19   The river is currently in great shape. noaa is predicting a bump up in flows around the 8th or 9th, which may or may not be significant. Water temps at Umtanum are close to 44 degrees today. Not many adult Skwala yet, but more nymphs are staging up near the shore (Skwala emerge on the shore). Typically, warmer temps crank up the start of the Skwala emergence just before the river rises. Minimal lower elevation snow this year should translate into more stable flows this spring.

Hungry Mergansers

Yakima River Fishing Report 2-27-18 Not much change from the last report. High water temps have been around 38 degrees in the Canyon for the last few days.   

Rainbow Release

Fishing Report  2-23-18   The river is low and clear. Water temps have dropped quite a bit since last week, slowing the fishing down a bit. Still a ways to go before Skwala’s begin emerging in good numbers, typically when water temps have been around 44 degrees for a few days. All the launches are in good shape. The Ringer road launch is open. Bighorn launch should be open for a while longer, but a change in management leaves future availability in question.

Ringer road

Fishing Report   2-11-18   Ringer road survived the recent high water and should reopen eventually. The debris and road closed signs haven’t been removed yet. The Yakima is still dropping and clearing. 2 feet of visibility in the Canyon yesterday. 3470 cfs at Umtanum today.

Nice winter bow Rainbow Release

Fishing Report   1-30-18   The Yakima has been in great shape for most of the winter, very little snow and no ice flows. Flows are bumping up today due to warm weather and some rain, but the river should drop back down fairly quickly. Water temps have hovered around 42 degrees in the Canyon for a few weeks. Unusually warm for January. OK to good fishing.


What’s happening on the Yakima - Hatches, river conditions, how good (or bad) the fishing is and occasional photos of Yakima River flora and fauna.

Yakima River Flows and Conditions

Teacup diagram / Reservoir levels and stream flows in the Yakima and Naches River Basins.
Realtime Stream Flows / Yakima and Naches River Basins. Comprehensive list.
Yakima River Flow Forecast at Umtanum / Forecast and Trend.

Yakima River Hatches

Current Hatches and Flies
Photos and Descriptions of the Bugs
Yakima River Hatch Chart

Weather / Current weather, forecasts and pass reports

Fishing Report Archive / Yakima River Fishing Reports from previous years

Yakima River Fishing Report

Fishing Report 3-17-18   The Skwala emergence has been pretty reliable for a week or so. A few BWOs on cloudy days. Water conditions have been mostly good so far this spring, the best in several years.

Fishing Report 3-22-18   Cold weather put a damper on the ‘catching’ yesterday. The river is on the rise today due to rain and melting snow, not looking good for the weekend.

Fishing Report   1-16-18   The Yakima has been rising slowly since the 13th due to Rain and melting snow. The river is a bit off color and still trending up. NOAA predicts a slight drop beginning on the 17th, followed by another rise.

Fishing Report   2-4-18   Warm weather and melting snow, the Yakima is blown out.

Fishing Report 4-2-18   2300 cfs at Umtanum and dropping today, the Yak is in great shape. NOAA is predicting a big rise beginning on the 5th. Warmer weather and rain over the next few days will most likely trigger runoff and reservoir releases. Still some Skwala emerging and March Browns are begining to pop in a few stretches.

Yakima River Fishing Report 4-7-18   Photos are from the 4th. Cold and drizzly, but decent fishing. A good day with long time clients and accomplished flyfishers, Dick and Tom. March browns and Skwalas on top and nymphed with Pats stones and #14 pheasant tails. The river is still rising- 3800 cfs at Umtanum. Noaa is currently predicting that the river will peak at over 8000 cfs at Umtanum around the 9th.

Fishing Report 4-26-18   The Yakima has been on the rise for the past few days, mostly from reservoir releases. The Teanaway and other smaller tributaries are on the rise and will add more color to the river. The Prognosis for this weekend is not good. If the NOAA projections are accurate, the Yak could be in decent shape by mid-week. Rocky Ford is a good option, but expect crowds.

Fishing Report 5-11-18   The Yakima peaked at 7450 cfs at Umtanum on the 9th. NOAA is projecting that the Yak will drop a bit more over the next few days before flows head up again and will be 7000+ cfs at least through the 22nd. The reservoirs are nearly full and more warm weather is on the way.

Yakima River Fishing Report  5-25-18   A lot of this years Yakima River Basin snow pack is now in the Pacific Ocean or headed there. Flows on the Yak at Umtanum have dropped from 8000+ cfs on the 20th, to around 5000 cfs today. NOAA is predicting that the river will be around 4000 cfs by mid-week next week. Two feet of visibility in the Canyon, gradually gets better from Ellensburg to Cle Elum, but still compromised. Memorial day weekend is looking pretty marginal. Still lots of Caddis emerging, mostly grannom and a few fish looking up.

Fishing Report 5-29-18   The Yakima is in good shape. 3500 cfs at Umtanum today and the river should continue to drop for awhile. Good hatches of Caddis and PMDs.

Yakima River Report 6-13-18   The Yakima continues to fish well. Good nymphing, mostly with small #14 and 16 mayfly and caddis imitations. Good dry fly fishing on calm, cloudy days. PMDs and caddis in all stretches and Green drakes and a few Golden stones in the upper river.