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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 31, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Hanford Reach salmon catch declines as salmon fishery closes after Friday, but steelhead catch picks up for bank anglers

Here are the catch figures from the Hanford Reach area by Paul Hoffarth, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Pasco:

The number of anglers fishing for salmon in the Hanford Reach continued to decline as the fishery (closes) on October 31.  An estimated 561 boats fished for salmon in the Hanford Reach this past week.  WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 222 boats (551 anglers:3,250 pole hours) and 128 bank anglers (470 hours).

An estimated 1,469 salmon (1,284 adult chinook, 185 jacks) were harvested.   Bank fishing for salmon at the Ringold access area remains slow.  The good news is that the bank anglers are catching steelhead.   There were an estimated 1,569 angler trips for fall Chinook in the Tri-cities this past week.

For the fall salmon season that started August 1, there have been 44,000 angler trips harvesting 26,880 adult Chinook, 3,474 jacks, and 171 coho.  This is a new record for the number of salmon harvested in the Hanford Reach eclipsing last year’s numbers by over 4,000 fish (17 percent).

 

 

 

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