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October 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Columbia River Hanford Reach chinook fishery shows good catches

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

State Fish and Wildlife staff interviewed 1,022 anglers from 441 boats with 501 adult chinook and 231 jacks this past week.

An estimated 1,892 adult fall chinook and 873 jacks were harvested (1.7 chinook per boat). A total of 4,067 anglers trips were made to the Hanford Reach to fish for fall chinook this past week. All areas continue to report strong catches.

For the fishery from August 1 through October 7, an estimated 6,902 adult chinook and 2,835 jacks have been harvested. The fishery is scheduled to remain open through Oct. 22.

The current in-season run forecast for the Hanford Reach estimates the 2012 adult return at 69,000.

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