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October 18, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Good fall king fishing in Hanford Reach area, and return forecast has increased

The Hanford Reach area of the Columbia River is by far the best fall fishing action for big kings, and the return is now larger than expected.

Paul Hoffarth, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Pasco says his staff interviewed 219 boats last week with 279 adult chinook and 83 jacks.

Anglers averaged 1.7 chinook per boat. An estimated 1,772 adult chinook and 527 jacks were harvested this past week.

There were an estimated 3,264 angler trips this past week. For the season, 10,118 adult chinook, 2,402 jacks, and 43 coho have been harvested.

Under permanent rules, Oct. 22 is the last day of the salmon fishery from the Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco upstream to Wanapum Dam.

On October 15, the in-season return estimate for the Hanford Reach was updated.

The adult return estimate is now predicted to be 72,904 adult chinook (not including hatchery returns). The in-season estimate increased by 8,000 adult chinook from the previous estimate (Oct. 7).

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