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October 3, 2014 at 8:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River Hanford Reach salmon catch figures

Here is the latest catch figures from Paul Hoffarth, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Pasco:

Harvest and effort continues to increase in the Hanford Reach fall Chinook fishery.  An estimated 3,407 boats fished for salmon in the Hanford Reach this past week.

State Fish and Wildlife staff interviewed anglers from 779 boats (1,999 anglers:13,126 pole hours).  An estimated 5,729 adult chinook and 752 jacks were harvested this past week.   Boats averaged 1.9 chinook per boat.  Staff also interviewed 212 bank anglers (1,097 hours) fishing for salmon at Ringold with 27 chinook harvested. Anglers are also finding a few coho in their catch!

There were an estimated 9,146 angler trips for fall Chinook in the Tri-cities this past week.  Fall Chinook counts at Bonneville Dam have declined to less than 10,000 adult chinook per day but harvest should continue to improve as more fish move into the Reach.

 

 

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