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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 3, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Strong chinook catches reported in the Columbia River’s Hanford Reach area

Here is the latest Columbia River Hanford Reach fishing report from Paul Hoffarth, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Pasco:

State Fish and Wildlife staff interviewed 529 boats with 1,340 anglers caught 529 adult chinook and 236 jack chinook this past week.

An estimated 1,849 adult fall chinook and 827 jack chinook were harvested (1.4 chinook per boat). A total of 4,636 anglers trips were made to the Hanford Reach to fish for fall chinook this past week. All areas are reporting strong catches.

For the fishery, Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, an estimated 5,040 adult chinook and 1,924 jack chinook have been harvested.

The current in-season run forecast for the Hanford Reach estimates the 2012 adult chinook return at 71,000.

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