Yakima River Temperatures

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  1. Guys, the Yakima is too warm to fish in the afternoons right now hitting 69.8 degrees. The Teanaway is over 80 we are hearing.
    Craig
     
  2. I fished early yesterday morning near Ellesnburg and noticed that that water was very warm even at 8:30am. I for one will be waiting until next week to fish. I think I'll take the family for a float instead. They're enjoy the 70 degree water more than the poor trout.
     
  3. I fished it Thursday and Friday from KOA to Ringer. Lots of nice fish on Thursday. The fishing was not as good today. Dry flies both days. Did see a couple guide boats and a few others.
     
  4. I was in the canyon today, from 730 until 330. It's a bathtub, too warm...
     
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  5. Question: is this normal? I haven't heard of this happening much in the past...
     
  6. Same info from Steve Joyce...suggesting to move upstream to cooler waters right now and play/release them quick.
     
  7. Here's a concise and valid explanation - it's pretty common to hear a report that the fishing is very good without considering all the factors - just load the truck and go. How many of those 30 fish caught at 70 degrees yesterday afternoon survived? Over how many boats and anglers? Something to consider. Sure, the fish may be feeding, but releasing them after being stressed into warm and reduced oxygen water could have been their last meal. Again, something to consider. Was it so good that it was worth the risk?

    http://www.hatchmag.com/articles/trout-and-water-temperature-how-hot-too-hot/771553
     
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  8. I cannot agree with Derek more. As water temps rise, the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water decreases. Fighting and landing a fish in 70 degree water is unethical. Most of the rivers in New England will actually shut fishing down when water temps rise beyond 65 degrees.
     
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  9. Have all the guides cancelled trips?
     
  10. I have, or rescheduling, shifting on-water time, etc. Water temps are within acceptable range when the sun comes up. Unfortunately, that's not when most anglers are on the water. Evening floats won't make a difference, the water is warmest then - but hopefully the cooling weather coming will get temps back down quickly.

    And, it's a great opportunity to educate anglers about the issue(s).
     
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  11. Washington should follow Montana's lead in this regard and close down trout fishing when temperatures get this high. The area has plenty of bass to catch for the few week needed for things to cool off.

    Discharging more cold water from the bottom of the reservoirs would also help the trout but might put a damper of the bikini hatch.
     
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  12. Red's has cancelled and or rescheduled afternoon trips for the next two days and moved the starting times on full days to 7am.

    Craig
     
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  13. It is fairly common to have warm temperatures in mid September. The high, cool water coming from the upstream reservoirs have had their spigots turned off and the river returns to its natural flow regime. With less water volume, it warms easier with the warm temperatures. The good side is once it does start to cool off, it does not take too long to cool the water down either.

    Was going to take the kids out on an evening float but I decided to take them to one of the local ponds instead.
     
  14. Gabe0430,

    I do not understand the logic of your last post. You say that if the guides stop you will. The fact is that most of the guides have stopped. The science is in fact pretty concrete on this subject. Fish kill is significantly higher at the temps that are now happening in the Yak.

    You say that you fish the Yak a few times a month and you are not putting a stress on the fish. Well you put a lot of stress on "30" fish the other day.
     
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  15. The day John has "no idea" what he's talking about when it comes to fish, is the day I begin to fart bricks. Perhaps you can elaborate on why you believe he's wrong?
     
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  16. Gabe, You sir are a Troll. Have fun with your life.

    I know nothing about you other that what you have posted on this thread. What you have posted is a treasure chest. ;)
     
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