Lower Yakima River
Washington's Smallmouth Stream
Lower Yakima River Conditions Links:
Yakima River at Kiona
Lower Yakima River Water Temperatures
NOAA's Short Term Hydrologic Prediction
NOAA's Long Term Hydrologic Prediction
Basinwide Flow Site
Mountain Pass Report
The Lower Yakima River in Washington is
a great option for the angler out there that needs a bass fishing fix.
From Benton City to the Tri-Cities smallmouth can be found in fairly high
numbers especially in the spring as fish enter the system from the
Columbia River to spawn and as out migrating salmon pass through the lower
river on their way to the Pacific Ocean. The smallmouth are prolific
predators and aggressive fighters when hooked. Top water fishing can
Smallmouth are such large predators of salmon and steelhead smolts, as a
fisheries restoration strategy, we encourage retention of some, or all
of the fish we catch. Smallmouth bass fillets make for a great
Fishing the lower Yakima
"Life is But a Dream" Guided Fly Fishing is proud to
offer full day float trips to the lower river where we will mostly toss
large streamers imitating baitfish and crayfish. Large poppers and
dry fly imitations twitched at the surface will also get attacked and this
will be the focus of our trips. It's a good idea to bring a light
action spinning rod to use when fly fishing is not effective. On the
spinning rod we'll learn spinner bait, buzz bait, jerk bait, top water
lure presentations and jigging. We offer guided trips during prime
spawn and smolt out migration time periods, so March through June, and
throughout the summer with things wrapping up in mid September.
Full Day Float
(8-10 hours) $425 for 1
or 2 anglers
A $50 deposit
will secure your date.
A $100 cancellation fee will
be accessed if a trip is cancelled without 24 notice.
*Our full day float starts in the morning and goes for 8
to 10 hours.
Our full day float will offer a boxed lunch, snacks and beverages.
The Tri-Cities (Richland, Pasco and
Kennewick) are located in Southeastern Washington, 2.5 hours from
Seattle. The lower Yakima River meets the Columbia near Richland.
We may float for smallmouth on a number of river reaches from Benton City
to the confluence.
What You Need to
Clients need to secure a
State Fishing License. I'd recommend bringing polarized sunglasses,
waders, wading boots, a hat, sun screen, camera, rods, reels, flies (I
have a ton of flies, but the smallies love seeing new material).
Bring a spinning rod too.
Here are some pictures to give
you a taste of the fishery.
We love smallmouth bass!
extreme long arm
The lower Yakima is a desert gem
and it's smallmouth county!
Do you recognize this bass from the American Angler Magazine?
Nice measured 16 inch male
Dan and Jim bassin' it up on the lower YAK