July 4, 2022

Hanford Reach Fishing Guides

Guided Fishing Hanford Reach, Washington
35 pound Columbia River Hanford Reach Fall Chinook

In mid September we are targeting fall run Chinook just upriver from Tri-Cities, Washington on a section known as the Hanford Reach. This section of the Columbia River is a natural spawning area for these Salmon. This is considered a “free flowing” section of the Columbia because it is the longest stretch between dams therefore making it flow like a normal river. The only difference is that the water can fluctuate 3 to 6 feet in a day, making fishing a challenge.

At the start of the season we focus on covering water by fishing a method called “down hill or down river trolling,” meaning that we troll with the current. This allows us to fish more water in a faster time frame than other methods. This works well when fish are traveling. As the season progresses we switch it up to back trolling eggs and plugs, focusing on spawning habitat where these fall Chinook are establishing dominance.

The Hanford Reach is home to the largest population of fall Chinook in the state of Washington and is a producer of large fish, often pushing or exceeding 50 pounds, with an average Chinook in the high teens to low 20’s. This is often regarded as a very challenging fishery as water flows change daily and these fall Chinook can be very picky so book Reel Time Fishing as your Hanford Reach fishing guides to take the guess work out of your fishing experience.

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