Hanford reach fishing guides

mid Columbia River and Vernita area fishing guides

Hanford Reach fishing guides catch upriver brights, Fall Chinook Salmon and Steelhead. The Hanford Reach fishing area is near Kennewick, Pasco and Richland Washington and the Tri-cities area. Salmon fishing is great here and trolling works really good. How to fish Hanford Reach area depends on what you want to catch but Salmon fishing is very popular. Find a local fishing guide to catch Chinook Salmon.

Only the BEST FISHING GUIDES on the Hanford Reach area are listed here. If you want to learn how to fish the Hanford Reach area or popular waters nearby contact a HANFORD REACH FISHING GUIDE on this website and be confident that you are going to have the very best possible fishing trip.

Hanford reach salmon fishing and Steelhead fishing on the Hanford reach of the Columbia river.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

December 6, 2010

Hanford Reach steelhead fishery
re-opens below Priest Rapids Dam 

Action:      Open the Columbia River to retention of hatchery steelhead between the Highway 24 Bridge (Vernita Bridge) and Priest Rapids Dam. Species affected:   Hatchery steelhead.  Location:   Vernita Bridge (Hwy 24) upstream to Priest Rapids Dam.
Effective Date:   Dec. 8, 2010 until further notice.

Other information:

  • Daily limit of two (2) hatchery steelhead.  Hatchery steelhead are identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar in its location. Minimum size is 20 inches.

  • Wild steelhead (adipose fin intact) must be immediately released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.

Reason for action:   Returns of hatchery and natural-origin summer-run steelhead to the upper Columbia River have far exceeded the run criteria of 9,300 counted over Priest Rapids Dam required to open a conservation-based fishery under the Endangered Species Act. 

Information contact:   Paul Hoffarth, District 4 Fish Biologist, (509) 545-2284 (Pasco), or John Easterbrooks, Regional Fish Program Manager, (509) 457-9330 (Yakima).  

Hooked On Fishing Guide Service Dave Perez of Hooked On Fishing Guide Service offers fishing trips for Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon on the Columbia River. Areas include Buoy 10, Bonneville Dam area, Mid-Columbia and it's tributaries (Wind River, Drano Lake and Klickitat River) and the Priest Rapids/Hanford Reach areas.

Columbia River Fishing Guides

Hanford Reach fishing guides catch Salmon from Bonneville Dam to the Vernita Bridge area and all spots in between. Fishermen from The Tri-Cities, Portland, The Dalles and all over the Northwest fish with Columbia River Fishing Guides to catch huge Salmon, Sturgeon, Steelhead and Walleye, and see the beautiful Columbia Gorge.

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Fishing Guides For Hanford Reach and Vernita area of the Columbia River
Hanford Reach Kings and Hanford Salmon fishing. Join a Hanford Reach fishing guide for Salmon fishing in Eastern Washington on the mid Columbia River near the Tri-Cities.

For the month of April, an estimated 262 steelhead were caught in the Ringold fishery (Hwy 395 to old Hanford town site). Of these, 136 were retained. Catch and harvest were similar to 2007 and well above the catch in 2005-06. For the season, 2,209 steelhead were caught (1,486 ADRV, 480 AD, 243 wild) and 1,315 steelhead were retained.

Mid Columbia River Guide Service featuring full-time fishing guide Elmer Hill. Specializing in Trophy species such as Walleye, Spring & Fall King Salmon, Keeper & Oversize Sturgeon, B run Steelhead and Shad in areas from Bonneville Dam and surrounding areas upstream in the Columbia River to Tri Cities Washington "Hanford Reach" Including Snake River Fishery. 30 years experience will insure you have a comfortable and safe trip.
CALL TODAY 541-969-2537 OR Visit our website www.midcolumbiariver.com

WDFW staff interviewed 68 anglers in April, 24% of the effort. Angler activity in April was similar to March. Angler hours per fish were low in March and April, similar to previous seasons. Angers caught 1 steelhead for every 2.7 hours of angling in April. No wild steelhead were reported in the catch (caught and released) in April.

Very low numbers of steelhead have returned to the RSRF trap (until recently) in 2007-08 even though harvest has been at or above normal. No steelhead have been collected and transported from the Ringold trap this year. A final Hanford Reach Area Fishing Report will be completed and sent out for review by May 30, 2008

Hanford Reach is a great Salmon fishing destination. People come from Seattle and Portland and all over the nation to fish for Salmon and to learn how to catch fish in the Hanford Reach. Fishing guides and charters who fish for Fall Chinook know what the most popular fishing baits and fishing methods are for catching Upriver brights in Eastern Washington.

JB Guide Service fishes the the mid Columbia River at the Hanford reach, Umatilla and McNary Dam, the Tri-cities area, and John Day pool and the Snake River for Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon. Call JB today to book a guided fishing trip with one of the best fishing guides in these areas.

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