An expected strong return of 200,000-plus upriver bright fall chinook headed for the Hanford Reach area of the Columbia River has allowed state Fish and Wildlife managers to boost the daily catch limit.
The daily limit will be six salmon, and up to three may be adult fish. Once anglers keep their three adult daily limit of fish, they must stop fishing for the remainder of the day.
The area where the liberal limits will be in place is the Columbia River and encompasses the entire Hanford Reach area all the way up to Priest Rapids Dam, which is open to salmon fishing beginning Aug. 1. The length of the season differs between the lower half of the Hanford Reach open through Oct. 31; and the upper half above the wooden powerline towers open through Oct. 22 by permanent rule.
Anglers will also be able to use two poles from the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco to Priest Rapids Dam if they have the two-pole license endorsement.
The section of the Columbia along the Franklin county shoreline between the markers located 100 feet upstream and 100 feet downstream of the Ringold Springs Hatchery Creek and extending in a 100-foot radius (arc) towards mid-river is closed to all fishing.
The Esquatzel Coulee (Block 1) irrigation wasteway embayment at the Columbia River in Franklin Co. is closed to all fishing from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30.
Anglers must use barbless hooks when fishing for salmon or steelhead.