Hanford Reach Chinook Update

(PAUL HOFFARTH, WDFW BIOLOGIST, VIA JOE HYMER, PSFMC)

Another good week in the Hanford Reach for fall chinook.  Staff sampled 347 boats (813 anglers) with 476 chinook plus 1 coho. Effort is up roughly 1/3 from this time last year and the adult chinook catch is over 60% above last year at this time. The number of jacks in the harvest is down from last year as are the counts of jacks over Bonneville (less than 1/2 of the 2009 jack count to date).  For the fishery an estimated 1,834 adult chinook, 228 jack chinook, and 4 coho have been harvested.

The Hanford Reach is open to the retention of steelhead upstream to Priest Rapids Dam this fall (through Oct 22).  An estimated 409 steelhead have been caught through September 19 and 188 of these have been harvested. Fishing for steelhead in the Ringold Hatchery area has been slow for both bank and boat anglers but fair catches have been reported both upstream and downstream of the Hatchery.

The first reported fall chinook and coho were sampled in the Yakima River this past week. Effort and catch has been relatively slow to date but both should begin to increase this week.  WDFW staff interviewed 50 anglers with 2 chinook and 2 coho this week.

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