Here is the state Fish and Wildlife salmon catch data for the Yakima River and Hanford Reach area of the Columbia River:
Yakima River – This past week WDFW staff interviewed 120 anglers fishing for salmon with 7 adult chinook and 2 jacks harvested. Chinook are finally beginning to show but the fishing remains a bit slow. Anglers averaged a chinook for every 38 hours of fishing. Fall Chinook are continuing to move into the Yakima River. Daily Chinook counts through the Prosser Diversion are still below 100 a day most days. Fishing should begin to improve over the next couple of weeks.
Hanford Reach – Harvest and effort picked up this week in the Hanford Reach fall Chinook fishery. An estimated 2,942 boats fished for salmon in the Hanford Reach this past week. WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 1,834 boats (2,429 anglers:14,773 pole hours). An estimated 3,933 adult chinook and 360 jacks were harvested this past week. Boats averaged 1.5 chinook per boat. Staff also interviewed 182 bank anglers (739 hours) fishing for salmon at Ringold with 17 chinook harvested. Anglers are also finding a few coho in their catch!
There were an estimated 7,489 angler trips for fall Chinook in the Tri-cities this past week. Fall Chinook counts at Bonneville Dam have been holding steady at ~ 20,000 adult chinook per day. Harvest should continue to improve as more fish move into the Reach. An in-season run update was completed for the Hanford Reach this week and the return appears to be meeting the forecast at around 200,000 adults.