Here is the latest Hanford Reach salmon fishery update from Paul Hoffarth, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Pasco:
With the start of several hunting seasons the numbers of anglers fishing for salmon in the Hanford Reach declined slightly from the previous week. Harvest remained strong at 2.2 chinook landed per boat. An estimated 2,413 boats fished for salmon in the Hanford Reach this past week. WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 684boats (1,638 anglers:10,474 pole hours) and 159 bank anglers (679 hours). An estimated 5,419 Chinook (4,784 adults & 635 jacks) were harvested. Bank anglers didn’t fare as well only averaging one chinook for each 11 anglers. There were an estimated 6,012 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 38,000 angler trips harvesting 21,822 adult Chinook, 2,756 jacks, and 162 coho.
The Hanford Reach (Hwy 395 to Priest Rapids Dam) opened to fishing for hatchery steelhead on October 8. The area upstream of the old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers will only remain open through October 22. There was very little effort for steelhead this past week with anglers continuing to concentrate on Chinook.