Hanford Reach Salmon Fishing Report (9-17-12)
(REPORT COURTESY FISHERIES BIOLOGISTS PAUL HOFFARTH AND JOE HYMER)
WDFW staff interviewed 520 anglers from 226 boats with 197 adult Chinook and 55 jacks this past week. An estimated 1,050 adult fall Chinook and 298 jacks were harvested (1.1 Chinook per boat). All areas are reporting strong catches, especially for this early in the fishery.
ON HIS SECOND TRIP TO THE HANFORD REACH IN AS MANY WEEKENDS, SCOTT FLETCHER OF WENATCHEE TIED INTO A MARATHON RUNNER OF AN UPRIVER BRIGHT. "THE FISH RIPPED OFF ABOUT 400 FEET OF LINE FROM MY REEL BEFORE WE STARTED CHASING IT DOWNRIVER. MY FRIEND JESSE BRAZILL SAID IT TOOK ME ABOUT 15 MINUTES TO GET THE FISH TO THE BOAT," FLETCHER REPORTS. THAT FUNKY GEAR HANGING OUT OF THE CHINOOK'S MOUTH? A PROTOTYPE LURE FROM DON TALBOT AT HOOKED ON TOYS IN WENATCHEE. FLETCHER WAS USING IT BEHIND A GREEN PRO TROLL FLASHER SET AT 17 FEET DOWN. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)
For the fishery, Aug 1 through Sept 16, an estimated 1,531 adult Chinook and 480 jacks have been harvested.
The first in-season run forecast for the Hanford Reach estimates the 2012 adult return at 84,000.