FISHING -- Oh, yeah! Steelhead are returning to the Upper Columbia River through the Hanford Reach, too. Outnumbered by the record run of fall chinook, some anglers almost forgot... but not everyone.
Here's the latest report from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:
The majority of the boats and bank anglers fishing in the Hanford Reach were targeting salmon this past week. WDFW staff interviewed 215 bank anglers fishing for steelhead and salmon and 40 boat anglers fishing for steelhead. An estimated 111 steelhead were caught and 39 fish harvested by steelhead anglers this past week. Salmon anglers caught an additional 24 steelhead bringing the total steelhead catch to 135 (harvest = 47).
On October 17, the steelhead regulations were modified in the lower section of the Hanford Reach (Hwy 395 to the old Hanford town site wooden powerline towers) to allow retention of all hatchery steelhead.
For the season, Oct 1-20, an estimated 334 steelhead have been caught in the lower Hanford Reach and 90 steelhead have been harvested.