Columbia River (Hanford Reach)
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Fishing, boating, weather and lake information all in one place for Columbia River (Hanford Reach) in Benton County, Washington. Location: Just N of Richland from the N end of Lake Wallula to Priest Rapids. Information to include topographical and bathymetric maps, WDFW special fishing rules, targeted fish species present, acreage, depth, elevation and more when available.
Anyone interested in fishing Columbia River (Hanford Reach) should consult with local guides and resources before heading out to fish.
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Columbia River, plus pools and sloughs: Various species provide good fishing opportunities. Walleyes are caught throughout the McNary and John Day pools with popular areas near the Boardman and Irrigon boat launches (Oregon) and below McNary and John Day Dams. Boat launch facilities in Washington below McNary Dam are available at Plymouth, Paterson (primitive), and Crow Butte Park. Expect excellent smallmouth bass fishing in the river and sloughs at Paterson, Casey Pond, near the mouth of the Yakima River, and in the Hanford Reach. Channel catfish are caught throughout the McNary Pool but the best fishing is usually found near the mouth of the Walla Walla and Yakima Rivers in the spring and early summer. Sturgeon fishing has been fair throughout this area of the Columbia River. Sturgeon fishing is open year around in Lake Wallula (above McNary Dam) but is only open until the quota is reached below McNary Dam, often closing before June. Annually, from May through June the Columbia River between McNary Dam and the I-82 Bridge downstream is closed to fishing for sturgeon. Steelhead fishing opens June 16 from John Day Dam to the Highway US-395 Bridge at Kennewick. The Hanford Reach steelhead fishery (Highway US-395 to the old Hanford town site) is scheduled to open October 1 through March 31 (See Washington Sport Fishing Rules for special regulations in this area). Fishing for hatchery steelhead is best in October and November. In October, only hatchery steelhead with a missing adipose and right ventral fin and a healed scar where the fins were clipped can be kept. In November, any hatchery steelhead with an adipose fin clip can be retained. All wild steelhead must be released. Fall Chinook salmon return to the Umatilla River (Oregon), Yakima River, and Hanford Reach from August through November, with the best fishing in late September to mid-October. There are primitive launch facilities in the Hanford Reach at Highway SR-240 (Vernita Bridge) and at Ringold (Franklin County), and developed launches at Wahluke (Franklin County), Leslie Groves Park (Richland), and Columbia Point Park (Richland). Be sure to check the latest regulations and emergency measures for additional salmon fishing opportunities and for early closures. Source: WDFW 2009 Fishing Prospects