THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORT WAS FORWARDED BY PAUL HOFFARTH, WDFW
Fishing effort and harvest began to pick up this past week. From August 30 through September 5, WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 226 boats (458 anglers) and 69 bank anglers at Ringold with 83 adult chinook, 6 jacks, and 2 coho. Based on sampling, an estimated 346 adult chinook, 23 chinook jacks, and 8 coho were harvested during 2,114 angler trips this past week. Boats averaged 26 hours per fish, 0.4 salmon per boat. For the season, 486 adult chinook, 98 chinook jacks, and 8 coho have been harvested. Fishing should continue to improve as fish numbers into the Reach continue to climb.
Fall chinook counts at Bonneville are still strong. From August 1 to September 6, 186,046 adult fall chinook have passed Bonneville (2020: 184,921). Cumulative counts of adult fall chinook through McNary are well above the 2016-2020 counts.