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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 22, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Hanford Reach chinook catch on the rise for anglers

Another good week in the Hanford Reach for fall chinook, according to Paul Hoffarth, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Pasco.

State Fish and Wildlife staff sampled 347 boats (813 anglers) with 476 chinook plus one coho. Effort is up roughly one-third from this time last year, and the adult chinook catch is over 60-percent above last year at this time.

The number of jacks chinook in the harvest is down from last year as are the counts of jacks over Bonneville (less than half of the 2009 jack count to date). For the fishery an estimated 1,834 adult chinook, 228 jack chinook and four coho have been harvested.

The Hanford Reach is open to the retention of steelhead upstream to Priest Rapids Dam through Oct 22. An estimated 409 steelhead have been caught through Sept. 19, and 188 of these have been harvested.

Fishing for steelhead in the Ringold Hatchery area has been slow for both bank and boat anglers, but fair catches have been reported both upstream and downstream of the hatchery.

The first reported fall chinook and coho were sampled in the Yakima River this past week. Effort and catch has been relatively slow to date, but both should begin to increase this week. State Fish and Wildlife staff interviewed 50 anglers with two chinook and two coho this week.

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