The number of boats fishing at the Hanford Reach area of the Columbia River is declining as the season nears the end.
The Columbia River between the old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers and Priest Rapids Dam will close to fishing for salmon on Tuesday (Oct. 22). The river from the Hwy. 395 Bridge in Kennewick/Pasco up to the old Hanford townsite is open for salmon through Oct. 31.
There were an estimated 3,981 angler trips for salmon this past week, according to Paul Hoffarth, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Pasco.
Anglers averaged 2.7 Chinook per boat, and it took 12 hours for each Chinook caught from the bank.
State Fish and Wildlife staff interviewed anglers from 387 boats (941 boat anglers) and 215 bank anglers fishing for Chinook reporting a harvest of 1,074 adult Chinook and 60 jacks. The catch for the week was estimated at 4,009 adult Chinook and 224 Chinook jacks.
This season, 23,332 adult Chinook and 2,588 jacks have been caught. The adult catch breaks the previous record of 13,102 adults set last year.
There have been 37,062 angler trips for the fishery through Sunday, Oct. 20. The in-season run update for natural origin adult Hanford Reach fall Chinook returning to the Hanford Reach is 132,692 (updated Oct. 15).