Hanford Reach Fishing Trips

 

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Hanford Reach is an adventure-lover’s paradise

As the leaves start changing colors, we’re ready to go after those elusive fall-run Chinook Salmon!

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 “downhill 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 the spawning habitat where these fall Chinook are establishing dominance.

Hanford Reach is home to the biggest congregation of fall Chinook Salmon around!

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 20s. 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 guesswork out of your fishing experience.

Our Amazing Fishing Guide Reviews

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Based on 116 reviews
Albert J. Farmer
Albert J. Farmer
January 5, 2024
After several trips with reel time fishing, they’re the only charter I use - they are great even on a slow day!!
Fishon
Fishon
January 4, 2024
This guide service is top notch! Gabe our guide on the Clearwater River in Idaho put us on the fish. Thanks!
Blair Hale
Blair Hale
November 6, 2023
Great guides, great fishing.
Paul Curtis
Paul Curtis
November 5, 2023
Thanks for showing us a great time on the river. Travis got all four of us on great steelhead. One was a real hog! Would highly recommend this company.
Grant Torrey
Grant Torrey
October 16, 2023
Great time fishing with knowledgeable guide. Hot lunch was nice but while parked on the beach seen two fish caught. Maybe a sandwich while fishing instead.
Brent Varriale
Brent Varriale
October 15, 2023
Fished 2 days with Captain Pepe and his crew in Cabo. These guys were fantastic. Had us in Fish from the start. 13 Marlin and 5 big Mahi in two days. If you are going to fish in Cabo, do yourself a favor and book with Reel Time.
Chris Jacks
Chris Jacks
October 14, 2023
Our guide Jack worked hard to ensure we had the best opportunities to catch Salmon and Steelhead. His knowledge of all aspects of fishing made this a great opportunity for us and he gave us many opportunities to catch and land fish. We landed 5 steelhead and had several other opportunities, but were unable to connect on all of them. Overall, it was a great trip and a great day to be fishing with an expert in his field.

Frequently Asked Questions about our fishing trips

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I BRING ON MY TRIP?

The legal max boatload is six anglers, but with six full time guides available we are able to accommodate large groups of more than six people.

IS LUNCH/DRINKS PROVIDED ON MY TRIPS?

We do provide a BBQ lunch and drinks on all Clearwater, Snake, and Dworshak trips. Lunch and drinks ARE NOT provided on any of our Columbia River or Grande Ronde river trips.

HOW MANY HOURS ARE WE ON THE WATER?

Look forward to at least 8 hours of fishing unless you book a half day trip, then look forward to 4 hours of fishing

DO YOU PROVIDE ALL THE GEAR WE NEED TO FISH?

Yes, each guide is fully equipped with top-notch rods, reels and bait to ensure success on your trip.

DO I NEED TO PRE-PAY OR PLACE A DEPOSIT DOWN TO HOLD MY SPOT?

We require a 50% deposit at the time of booking, final payment must be made in full 10 days prior to your trip. We do not offer refunds for cancellations or head-count changes made inside 10 days of your trip.

DO YOU CLEAN AND FILLET OUR CATCH?

Yes, all of our guides will clean and fillet your catch unless otherwise specified.