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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 9, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Columbia River’s Hanford Reach king fishery nearing peak time

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

An estimated 3,189 boats fished for salmon in the Hanford Reach this past week.  WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 796 boats (2,025 anglers:13,111 pole hours) and 170 bank anglers (753 hours).  An estimated 7,014 Chinook (7,014 adults & 861 jacks) were harvested.   Boats averaged 2.2 chinook per boat, slightly better than the week before.  Bank anglers didn’t fare as well only averaging one chinook for each 8 anglers (36 hours per chinook).   There were an estimated 8,411 angler trips for fall Chinook in the Tri-cities this past week.

For the fall salmon season that started August 1, there have been over 32,000 angler trips harvesting 17,037 adult Chinook, 2,121 jacks, and 147 coho.

The lower Hanford Reach (Hwy 395 to the wooden power line towers at the old Hanford townsite) opened to fishing for Ringold origin hatchery steelhead on October 1. These steelhead can be identified by having both the adipose and right ventral fin clipped.  There was very little effort for steelhead this past week with anglers continuing to concentrate on Chinook.  Only one steelhead was reported harvested this past week.

 

 

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