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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Early Columbia River Hanford Reach fall chinook catches look strong

State Fish and Wildlife staff interviewed 520 anglers from 226 boats with 197 adult chinook and 55 jacks this past week.

An estimated 1,050 adult fall chinook and 298 jacks were harvested (1.1 chinook per boat). All areas are reporting strong catches, especially for this early in the fishery.

For the fishery, Aug 1 through Sept 16, an estimated 1,531 adult Chinook and 480 jacks have been harvested.

The first in-season run forecast for the Hanford Reach estimates the 2012 adult return at 84,000.

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