Washington Salmon Seasons


Spring Chinook (Drano Lake & Wind River)

First three weeks of May.

Dean's crew limiting out at Drano Lake. (left)


Fall Chinook (Hanford Reach)

Last week in September and first two weeks in October.

My boys limiting out at Hanford Reach. (right)

Drano Lake is located on the Washington side of the Columbia River. It is known for the spring running chinook, the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, and the trains. Lots of trains.

Hanford Reach is located on the upper part of the Columbia River just below Priest Rapids Dam. It is known for the dark red fall running chinook. The males especially are know to get very big. It is also in the middle of the Hanford Reach Nuclear Facility.