Yakima River Angler

Yakima River Fishing Report

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.

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Yakima River Report: 4-7-19   Fair  to good fishing when the river is in shape. Skwala are still emerging, best dry fly fishing after 1 pm. OK to good BWO hatches on cloudy days. The Yakima has been on a pretty steady rise for the past week or so. The Teanaway started droping yesterday. Decent color throughout.


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Yakima River Report 2-21-19 Beautiful spring weather the last few days and snow at lower elevations is melting. The Yak is up and off color, with clarity decreasing from the upper river to the Lower Canyon as more feeder streams add muck to the river. Decent clarity from the Cle Elum river to the Tenanaway. 6 to 12 inches in the Lower Canyon


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Yakima River Report 2-8-19 The February - early March snow and deep freeze eased up a bit this week with above freezing daytime temps and some sun. The weatherman is predicting overnight lows in the 20s but daytime highs in the low 40s beginning Tuesday or Wednesday. If the water temps reach 42+ next week, we could see the Skwala emergence begin. The nymphs are staging up near the edges in good numbers preparing to climb ashore and emerge.

The Roza, MP 10 and Red’s launches in the Canyon are in good shape and MP 20 is icy but useable. Mahre’s, Big pines, Umtanum and Bighorn are still unusable due to shore ice or ice and snow. Ringer and Irene Rinehart are OK. KOA is useable. Launches from The green bridge in Thorpe to Cle Elum are pretty non-useable