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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 6, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Very slow steelhead action at Hanford Reach area of Columbia River

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

Another slow January for steelhead fishing in the Hanford Reach.  Anglers caught 23 steelhead and harvested 18 hatchery steelhead for the month.  This was similar to last year (January 2013) when anglers caught 30 steelhead. Anglers averaged a steelhead for 24 hours of fishing, 38 hours per keeper.

For the fishery, October through January, 651 steelhead have been caught and 321 hatchery steelhead harvested.  46% (297) of the steelhead encountered in the fishery have been unclipped.

Looking at past years catches here is how they fared from September through April: 2009-2010 saw a catch of 4,970 steelhead and 3,106 kept; 2008-2009 had 4,506 with 2,672; 2007-2008 had 2,195 with 1,285; and 2006-2007 had 2,297 with 1,709.

 

 

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