May 20, 2022

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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Lower Columbia Chinook Fishing Report

Our Buoy 10 fall chinook season is in full swing and we are having some great days fishing on the big river. The chinook have started pouring into the lower section of the river. With a forecast of over 350,000 Upriver Bright’s we expect all of our fisheries to produce some good results. If you missed out on getting a seat reserved at Buoy 10, we still have some options for you:

John Day Dam / Rufus Area – This fishery takes place near the mouth of the Deschutes River. Here the fish are still in great shape and fishing can be lights out. The Deschutes provides a cooling off area for traveling salmon that allows them to be targeted in concentrated numbers. This fishery will be offered beginning  Sept 1st.

Hanford Reach – Our second most popular fall chinook fishery still has a few openings. We fish the lower end of the reach based out of Ringold Springs. This fishery tends to fill up fast once counts over Bonneville start to climb, so don’t wait too long to reserve your seats. To learn more about the Hanford Reach and what it offers Click Here. We expect to see a 2 fish limit this season.
*Bookings have increased significantly during the COVID pandemic, don’t wait to make last minute bookings as we can no longer guarantee open seats without advanced notice* 

Here are a few pictures from that past couple days at Buoy 10:

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.

To book online click the book now button, from the “filter by category” drop down, select Columbia River, then scroll down to Hanford Reach.


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Fall Chinook Fishing Opportunities

Columbia River Fall Chinook

Buoy 10 / Astoria – With a shortened season, seats for this fishery won’t last long. We are running on a very limited availability this year so be sure to get your trip booked before it is too late. This is one of the most popular Northwest salmon fisheries, where we intercept chrome-bright Chinook and Coho. We also offer a crabbing add-on to your trip.

Visit our Buoy 10 web-page for more info.

Hanford Reach –We will have boats operating the Columbia River along the famous Hanford Reach beginning Mid-September and will operate through the first week of October. With the lower Columbia operating on a shortened season we expect a better-than-average survival of Up River Brights to make it back to the Reach.

Visit our Hanford Reach web-page for more info.

NEW FALL CHINOOK SEASON ON THE CLEARWATER

For the second year ever, we will be allowed to target fall Chinook in the Clearwater River basin. Last year we had a blast catching these fish. Our guides use light-gear, mostly side drifting bait in the slower, deep pools. It was not uncommon for our boats last year to hook 20+ fish a day, with a good share of the fish weighing in the high-teens and into the 20+ pound range. With a better run expected this year we expect the same, if not better fishing.

Limit is 3 salmon a day, one being adipose “in-tact”, two being adipose “clipped”

Open Thur-Sun. We will begin fishing around Sept. 10th and continue into October.

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.