November 27, 2021

Hanford Reach Fall Chinook Fishing Report

Hanford Reach –
This fishery is based out of Tri-Cities, WA on the famous Hanford Reach National Monument section of the Columbia River. Being one of the most popular fall Chinook fisheries, it provides a wide array of techniques that produce great results. The Hanford Reach is one of the last “free-flowing” sections of the Columbia River. The Reach provides a very scenic atmosphere where our guests enjoy to fish.

We still have select dates and seats available. Run counts are looking very good and are right in line with forecast models. Limit will be 2 adults, 3 jacks this year.

Here are some pictures from last season:


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Hanford Reach Fishing

Great first day on the Columbia River along the Hanford Reach. All four fish cut awesome, including this one fillet still with sea scales. We have prime dates available from now till early October.

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Fall Chinook, Steelhead fishing report

GREAT NEWS FOR OUR FALL & WINTER FISHERIES

Columbia River Fall Chinook –
At the time of this writing, Bonneville Dam fall Chinook counts are 13,405 fish over the 10-year average. With these excellent counts we expect our Hanford Reach fishery to produce some great fishing. Currently set at a 2 adult fish limit.

Clearwater River Steelhead –
For the first time in many years we have good news in regards to our very popular Clearwater River Steelhead run. Based on Bonneville PIT tags, IDFG has forecasted the Clearwater return to be somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 hatchery origin fish. We have not seen these numbers since 2016. We are very excited to finally have good news to share about this great river. If forecasted numbers hold true, we will see no restrictions put into place this season.

Clearwater River catch & keep opens October 15th.

Snake River Steelhead –
Along with the good news for the Clearwater, we also have some good news for the Snake River fishery. Both IDFG and WDFW have set the Snake River steelhead limits at 2 fish, any size. Another positive is that the fish destined for the Snake Basin (Snake, Salmon, Grande Ronde, Imnaha) have primarily been larger 2-ocean fish (normally we see 80% 1-ocean and 20% 2-ocean fish, however this year we are seeing 80% 2-ocean and 20% 1-ocean fish). This means the fish you will catch should be much larger on average.

Snake River Steelhead is currently open for harvest and will pick up significantly by Oct 1. 

Grande Ronde River Steelhead –
Following the same basics as the Snake return, the Ronde will be open with a 2 fish limit. We will begin offering our remote lower river trip around Oct 20th. This is a very limited trip, but also one of our most rugged and scenic trips we offer. During waterfowl season we offer cast and blast trips.

WE ANTICIPATE THIS BEING A GREAT FALL AND WINTER FISHING SEASON AND ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO FISHING WITH YOU.

Hanford Reach Chinook Fishing Report

Check out our pictures from yesterday’s King Salmon trip for the next month we will be positioned at the Hanford Reach near Pasco WA catching these beautiful fish.  If we happen to limit early we can mix in some Walleye or catch and release Sturgeon

Hanford Reach Fall Chinook

Columbia River Hanford Reach – Join us for this popular fishery targeting Up River Brights (Fall Chinook). We are excited to find out that this year’s run is expected to come in well over forecast. The limit will be 6 fish with only 2 being adults. This is an improvement over the 1 fish limit that was set earlier this summer. Last year we combo’d walleye fishing with our trips and we plan on offering the same this year. The salmon are fun to catch and often run into the 20 and 30 pound range with many of the walleye hitting the upper 20 and lower 30 inch range.

Seats are limited so don’t wait too long to book. We fish out of Ringold, a short drive from Pasco, WA. We will have boats operating from September 15th till Mid October.