SALMON FISHING — Just received: The latest Hanford Reach salmon fishing report for Joe Hymer, the Columbia River salmon man from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Staff interviewed 353 boats last week with 203 adult Chinook, 33 jacks, and 3 coho. Anglers averaged slightly better than a half a fish per boat. An estimated 845 adult Chinook, 137 jacks, and 12 coho were harvested this past week. Effort is spreading out throughout the Hanford Reach and the Tri-cities. An estimated 3,408 angler trips this past week with over 400 boats each day on the weekend. For the season, 1,433 adult Chinook, 249 jacks, and 12 coho have been harvested.
The first in-season run update for the Hanford Reach was completed on September 15. An adult return estimate of 135,819 was expected to return in 2011. The current in-season return estimate is 58,478 adult Chinook, considerably lower than predicted.