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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 16, 2014 at 9:16 AM

More records broken during Columbia River salmon fishery this past season

State Fish and Wildlife just released more great news about Columbia River salmon returns, which set some new records in the Hanford Reach area fishery.

An estimated 183,749 fall Chinook spawned naturally in the Hanford Reach this year (152,464 adults, 31,285 jacks).

New record for overall escapement but adult returns were slightly lower than last year.

However, the adults are primarily Age 4 this year compared to Age 3 last year so much higher number of females on the spawning grounds this year.

Record return to Priest Rapids Hatchery at 76,666.

14,254 chinook returned to Ringold Hatchery which was just slightly lower than last year.

New record for harvest in the sport fishery at 32,427 fish.

Huge jack return to the Reach and Priest Rapids Hatchery. Could be another big return year next year!

 

 

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