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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 21, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Changes in Hanford Reach area of Columbia River to boost chinook catch

Here are some changes for fall chinook fishing in the Columbia River at the Hanford Reach area due to the increase return of fish.

The in-season run update forecast calls for 114,300 adult natural-origin fall chinook to return to the Hanford Reach spawning grounds, which is far in excess of the target spawning escapement.

Also, record returns of hatchery chinook to Priest Rapids and Ringold Spring hatcheries are expected.

From Sept. 21 through Oct. 22:

Fishing for salmon with two poles is permitted from the Hwy. 395 Bridge in Pasco to Priest Rapids Dam if the angler possesses a two-pole license endorsement.

Daily limit is six salmon and up to three may be adult salmon. Once the daily limit of adult salmon is retained, anglers may not continue to fish for any species for the remainder of the day.

Open the closed water boundaries at the Priest Rapids Hatchery discharge channel, commonly referred to as Jackson/Moran Creek, to angling by boat only.  Boat anglers are not allowed to fish in the hatchery discharge channel, but may fish in the Columbia River adjacent to the channel. The shoreline within the normal closed area boundary will remain closed to bank angling for safety and security of the hatchery.

From Sept. 21 through Oct. 31:

The salmon fishery season between the Hwy. 395 Bridge and the Old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers is extended through Oct. 31.

Daily limit is six salmon and up to three may be adult salmon. Once the daily limit of adult salmon is retained, anglers may not continue to fish for any species for the remainder of the day.

Fishing for salmon with two poles is permitted from the Hwy. 395 Bridge in Pasco to Priest Rapids Dam if the angler possesses a two-pole license endorsement.

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