By Bruce Hewitt | 09/30/2014

While its only going to last a few more weeks we have a huge number of salmon up here on the Columbia right now. There’s a quarter million fish on the Hanford Reach and I think we will end up with somewhere between 350,000 and 360,000 fish. Last year we had about 180,000-190,000 and everybody thought the fishing was stellar. Today (this was written Friday) there was 9,000 fish that came over McNary Dam and the three previous days ranged from 10,000 to 14,000. Keep in mind, we are talking about the entire Hanford Reach, from the north end of Richland to Priest Rapids Dam, roughly 50 miles.

There are probably 120 boat trailers at Ringold (launching area) right now. And, that’s during the week. There was so many people last weekend at the launch in Richland there was nowhere to park. They overflowed the launch and cars poured onto the street and out in front of people’s houses. It’s been crazy.

People are going nuts. I can’t say I’ve ever seen this. This reminds you of the Buoy 10 fishery or the Portland springer fishery where huge crowds show. I’ve lived in the Tri Cities area 13 years and never seen this much excitement. People were excited last year because it was a huge