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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 5, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Hanford Reach steelhead catch falling below expectations, but still a fair number caught

Here is a steelhead fishing report from Paul Hoffarth, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Pasco:

An estimated 473 steelhead were harvested in the Hanford Reach (from Hwy. 395 to old Hanford town site) last month, and 172 fish were harvested.

The fishery opened to the retention of any hatchery steelhead on Oct. 19. Prior to the date only fish with both an adipose and a right ventral fin clip could be retained.

A large portion of the catch was unclipped steelhead (46 percent). There were an estimated 1,589 angler trips for steelhead in this fishery in October.

Catch and harvest were well below the 10-year average of 863 (catch) and 519(harvest). Anglers averaged 24 hours per steelhead (catch). Boat anglers fared much better than bank anglers, 12 hours/fish (boat) versus 48 hours/fish (bank).

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