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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 22, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Don’t give up yet: Hanford Reach area on Columbia still good for kings

Here are the latest figures on the Hanford Reach king fishery from Paul Hoffarth, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Pasco:

The number of anglers fishing for salmon in the Hanford Reach continues to slowly decline but the fishing remains excellent with 2.7 chinook landed per boat.  An estimated 1,576 boats fished for salmon in the Hanford Reach this past week.

State Fish and Wildlife staff interviewed anglers from 481boats (1,251 anglers:8,066 pole hours) and 93 bank anglers (333 hours).  An estimated 4,311 salmon (3,767 adult chinook, 534 jacks & 10 coho) were harvested.  Bank anglers didn’t fare as well only averaging one chinook for each 31 anglers but the good news is that the bank anglers are starting to pick up a few steelhead

There were an estimated 4,297 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 42,000 angler trips harvesting 25,596 adult chinook, 2,290 jacks, and 171 coho.

The Lower Hanford Reach (Hwy 395 to the wooden powerline towers at the old Hanford townsite) will remain open to fishing for salmon through October 31. The last day of fishing in the area upstream of the old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers is October 22.

 

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