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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 4, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Slow steelhead action in Hanford Reach area of the Columbia River

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

Through Nov. 30, a total of 243 steelhead have been harvested in the Hanford Reach (Highway 395 to old Hanford townsite).  Roughly 50-percent of the steelhead encountered to date have been unclipped.

Both catch and harvest are well below last year’s fishery and the 10-year average.  Anglers are averaging 20 pole hours for one hatchery steelhead.  Bank anglers are faring a bit better than the boat anglers.

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