Yakima Steelhead run breaks 6000

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  1. Paul Huffman

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    I don't know if anyone has mentioned this yet, but the steelhead count at Prosser Dam has gone over 6000 again this season. http://ykfp.org/yakindex.htm
     
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    Which would put it as one of the biggest runs we have. Hopefully WDFW doesn't "manage" these fish to oblivion as well.
     
  3. Derek Young

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    In my best Obi Wan.....These are not the steelhead you are looking for..move along.
     
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    Where exactly are those steelhead going? Passage numbers at Roza are awful, and are every year. Do they spawn in the lower yak? I can't imagine there are that many fish headed up the Naches or the other creeks. Are they just hanging out in the Yak temporarily, because the Columbia is warm?
     
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    i saw that already too. great news considering the absolute insane numbers of poachers out this winter
     
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    Since the Columbia is too cold for spring chinook to want to come in, no the Columbia is not too warm. Prosser is quite a ways up the Yakima for them to "dip" into anyway. I think you would be surprised how many steelhead utilize the Naches and it's many tributaries.
     
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    iv'e always known about steel in that river but have never really seen any "official" numbers though i'd be interested. dunno bout the numbers or regs back then but my uncle and great grandpa used to fly fish steelhead in there a looong time ago
     
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    those are hatchery fish they have already managed them into oblivion.... hatchery fish are simply man kind's denial about what he has done to the Columbia river....
     
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    Rob,

    As far as I know, no hatchery steelhead are stocked in the Yakima. And given that it's well into spawning season, those fish shouldn't be dip in strays.

    Good news to read that the run is on the increase.

    Sg
     
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    Don't know about the Steelhead in the Yak specifically, but its common for steelhead to utilize feeder rivers more so than the main stem. Especially when the main stem has a big run of SPring CHinook as those fish are almost always main stem spawners and they create quite a bit of competition. In the Quinault river where I live we see a lot of spawning steelhead in tributary creeks but not many in the main stem, where as all the kings spawn in the upper main stem.
     
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    maybe I misread or misunderstood something then, better look into that...
     
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    Interesting. Were they actually taking steelhead, or were they just targeting "whitefish?"

    So, I was curious about whether it was legal to target the wild Yakima steelhead. Looking at the regs, it looks like there's a general stream opener from Parker Dam to 3500' below Roza from first sat. in June until Oct. 31, and then a whitefish season during the winter. It says a Columbia River salmon/steelhead endorsement required, but no salmon fishing. Therefore, to me it indicates that targeting steelhead is legal during the general stream opener. Kind of makes sense, I guess.

    But from 3500 feet below Roza to 400 below Roza, there's only a winter whitefish season. However, for this small stretch, it says you need a Columbia River salmon/steelhead endorsement. Doesn't make much sense to make people pay for the endorsement if they can only target whitefish. Kinda looks like the WDFW knows and condones of fishing for "whitefish" in this section and possibly in the rest of the system in those winter "whitefish" season months. So do people legitimately fish for whitefish in the yak and other steelhead streams, or is it just a way to get around ESA and let people fish for "whitefish?"
     
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    Some poachers do that on the Klickitat too they swing heavily weighted flies for "whitefish" during winter.. It's poaching! they have no intention of catching white fish.
     
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    the endorsement is for the spring salmon season that goes up to the dam
     
  15. Luke77

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    Whitefish rules require size 14 hooks, so swinging big flies is pointless. Besides, big flies aren't the only things steelhead hit. It is ILLEGAL to target steelhead and if you get checked by a gamey with anything other than a size 14 fly during whitefish season, be prepared for the hammer. Fair warning...