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Friday, October 12, 2018
By Dave Graybill
Good news for anglers who still want to fish the Hanford Reach for fall Chinook. There was the potential of the season closing on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, but I got word that the season will be extended to at least through this Friday, October 12th. Angler effort and harvest has been very good this season and there was some concern that escapement goals were going to be met earlier this week. The latest counts over McNary will help the WDFW make the decision, and they feel that they are safe extending fishing through Friday. Pressure on the Reach typically falls off this time in October every year. Hunting seasons begin to open, and many people are more interested in chasing birds or bucks than fishing for fall kings. There are lots of other fishing opportunities in the region as well. Fall fishing for trout is very good right now. A couple of places that anglers should consider are in Okanogan County. Two selective fishery lakes are providing excellent action. One is Rat Lake near Brewster for rainbow of 14 to 20 inches, and Green Lake, near Omak for rainbow averaging 14 to 16 inches with fish over 20 inches very possible. Both lakes have a two-fish limit and they must be over 14 inches to keep.