Get ready for the annual King of the Reach (KOR) fishing derby, held on the Hanford Reach section of the Columbia River every October since 2012. In partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Grant County Public Utility District (GCPUD), and the CCA Washington Tri-Cities Chapter, the KOR has a unique goal. Unlike traditional fishing tournaments that focus on catching the most or biggest fish, the KOR aims to preserve the future of the Hanford Reach population. Angler participation in this event helps collect natural origin Upriver Bright (URB) fall Chinook salmon, which are incorporated into the broodstock of the Priest Rapids Hatchery (PRH). These URBs play a crucial role in sustaining local adaptations and integrating the natural and hatchery populations in the Hanford Reach. The KOR has proven highly successful and has become an annual event to support the PRH’s efforts in ensuring a thriving abundance of URBs for future generations.

Membership Drawing!

Here’s an exciting opportunity for you to snag an Okuma SST 10’6″ Medium-Action Medium-Power Rod, an Okuma Low Pro Line Counter Reel, and an RTIC 72 QT Ultra-Light Wheeled Cooler. To get your chance at winning these fantastic prizes, all you need to do is either purchase a new 1-year CCA Membership or renew your existing membership for a year below. Simply make your purchase of the 1 Year CCA Membership/Renewal for $35, and you’ll automatically be entered into the giveaway. If you are a Life Member you are included in this as well. Simply purchase a $35 membership and you will be entered. Good luck!

All 2023 KOR participants MUST register as a Boat Captain or Angler AND register through the WDFW as a volunteer (instructions below).

Boat Captain and Angler Registration List

****List Last Updated October 26, 2023****

Participant # Name Completed WDFW Registration Boat/Party Name Boat Captain X if Yes
1 John Casey     X
1A John Casey X    
1B Douglas Piovesan X DOUGLAS O PIOVESAN Party  
1C Camas Uebelacker X C & G Cattle Co  
2 Nathan Ruane     X
2A Nathan Ruane X    
2B Kody Mars X    
2C Trevor Trimble X    
9 Jason Bryan     X
9A Jason Bryan X    
9B Jeremy Percifield X Jason Bryan  
9C Kelvin Ratchford X Jason Bryan  
9D Michael Vaughan X Jason Bryan Party  
10 Andrew Richman     X
10A Andrew Richman X    
10B Virgil Hale X Boat 10  
10C David Turcotte X Boat 10  
11 Tony Barnard   Tony Barnard  Party X
11A Tony Barnard X Tony Barnard  Party  
11B Scott Clymer X Tony Barnard  Party  
11C Michael Leiza X Michael Leiza Party  
11D Gary McDonald X Gary Mcdonald Party  
12 Cole Bode   Cole Bode Party X
12A Cole Bode X Cole Bode Party  
12B Bill Gwinn X D. Hittle & Associates, Inc.  
12C Ty Lord X D. Hittle & Associates, Inc.  
12D Randy Valerio X D. Hittle & Associates, Inc.  
13 Philip Bower   Philip Bower Party X
13A Philip Bower X Philip Bower Party  
13B Michael Hentges X Phil Bower  
13C Rudy Phillips X Philip Bower Party  
15 Michael Buckner   Buckner X
15A Michael Buckner X Buckner  
15B Bob Buckner X Buckner Party  
15C Clay Julian X Buckner Party  
15D Mark Phillips X Buckner Party  
16 Kristopher Butler   Team Lowe X
16A Kristopher Butler X Team Lowe  
17 Jonathan Caldwell   Jonathan Caldwell Party X
17A Jonathan Caldwell X Jonathan Caldwell Party  
17B Ronald Greer X Johnathon Caldwell Party boat 17  
17C Mike Wilson X Jonathan Caldwell Party  
17D Jason Hilbert X Jonathan Caldwell Boat 17 Party  
17E Deondre Townsend   Jonathan Caldwell Party  
18 Dave Cleavenger   Dave Clevenger Party X
18A Dave Cleavenger X Dave Clevenger Party  
18B Kayden Zumwalt X Dave Clevenger Party  
18C Daniel Brooks X Daniel Brooks Party  
18D Shiloh Brooks X Daniel Brooks Party  
19 Jordan Clemens   Jordan Clemens Party X
19A Jordan Clemens X Jordan Clemens Party  
19B TBD       
19C TBD       
19D TBD       
20 David Dalan   David Dalan Party X
20A David Dalan X David Dalan Party  
20B David Jensen X David Dalan 20A  
20C Emerson Bennett X David Dalan Party  
20D Kyle Clemens X David Dalan Party Boat 20A  
21 Lance Dugan   Lance Dugan Party X
21A Lance Dugan X Lance Dugan Party  
22 Dale Franckowiak   D Franckowiak Party X
22A Dale Franckowiak X D Franckowiak Party  
23 William Frost Jr   Frost Party X
23A William Frost Jr X Frost Party  
23B Jase Frost X William FROST JR Party  
23C William Frost X William FROST JR Party  
23D Travis Coffelt X    
24 Zac Gomez   Zac Gomez Party X
24A Zac Gomez X Zac Gomez Party  
24B Roy Bruce X Gomez  Party  
24C Todd Dragoo X Boat#24  
24D Kasey Johns X Gomez  
24E Francis Estalilla X Gome party boat #24  
24F Todd Dragoo X Boat#24  
25 Jason Heider   Jason  Heider Party X
25A Jason Heider X Jason  Heider Party  
25B Rick Sawyer X Katz Realty Inc  
25C Dustin Breazeale X Dustin  Breazeale Party  
25D Randy Gray X Heider  
26 Rod Howe   Rod Howe Party X
26A Rod Howe X Rod Howe Party  
27 Curtis King   Curtis King Party X
27A Curtis King X Curtis King Party  
27B Richard Berg X Richard Berg Party  
27C Lloyd Zinsli X Captain Z’s Guide Service  
28 Garrett Knox   Garrett Knox Party X
28A Garrett Knox X Garrett Knox Party  
28B Emily Knox X Garrett  Knox Party  
28C Garrett Jr Knox X Garrett Knox  Party  
29 Jim Lee   Jim Lee Party X
29A Jim Lee X Jim Lee Party  
29B Thomas Thoreson X Thomas Thoreson Party  
29C Kellee Rettig X Back To Basics Physical Therapy  
30 Jason Leonard   Jason Leonard Party X
30A Jason Leonard X Jason Leonard Party  
30B Melissa Leonard X Jason Leonard  
31 Garrett Linse   Garrett Linse Party X
31A Garrett Linse X Garrett Linse Party  
31B Bryan Linse X Garrett  Linse Party  
31C Myrl Brown X Garrett Linse  
31D Dru Brown X Garrett Linse  
31E Derek Thomason X Garrett Linse Party  
32 Ryan Marquardt   Richard Marquardt Party X
32A Ryan Marquardt X Richard Marquardt Party  
33 JD Martin   JD Martin Party X
33A JD Martin X JD Martin Party  
33B DAVID MARTIN X JD Martin Party  
33C Todd Gatherer X JD Martin – Boat 33  
33D Nick Minden X JD Martin  
34 James Mathews   Jim Mathews Party X
34A James Mathews X Jim Mathews Party  
34B Andrea Schmitt X    
34C Teddy Schmitt X Jim Mathews  
34D Grant Johnson X    
34E Derek Friedel X    
35 Donald McBride   Don McBride Party X
35A Donald McBride X Don McBride Party  
35B Joe Softich X Joe  Softich Party  
35C Wayne Robertson X Wayne Robertson Party  
37 Dave Millard   Dave Millard Party X
37A Dave Millard X Dave Millard Party  
37B Mike Dontigny X captain dave’s boat  
37C Gerald Gaiser X    
37D Daniel Sanchez   Dave Millard Party  
38 Larry Monroe Jr   Larry Monroe Party X
38A Larry Monroe Jr X Larry Monroe Party  
38B Danetta Pulse X    
38C Clint Isaacson X Larry Monroe Jr Party  
38D Nathaniel Isaacson   Larry Monroe Jr Party  
39 Robert Myers   Robert Myers Party X
39A Robert Myers X Robert Myers Party  
39B Kate Myers X Robert Myers Party  
39C Steve Myers X Robert Myers Party  
39D Oliver Myers   Robert Myers Party  
39E Emma Duyn X Robert Myers Party  
39F Nate Duyn X Robert Myers Party  
40 Josh Nations   Josh Nations Party X
40A Josh Nations X Josh Nations Party  
40B Carl Nations X josh nations  
40C Luis Lopez X Josh Nations  Party  
40D Shalayne Nations X josh Nations Party  
41 Craig Nelson   Craig  Nelson Party X
41A Craig Nelson X Craig  Nelson Party  
41B Jeff Arrowsmith X Craig Nelson Party  
41C Eric Mccrea X Craig Nelson Party  
42 Wade Ralston   Wade Ralston Party X
42A Wade Ralston X Wade Ralston Party  
42B Wayne Riner X Wade Ralston  
42C Mike Jenkins X Mike Jenkins Party  
42D Shawn Willoughby X Shawn Willoughby Party  
42E Cam Walker X Athletes Angling x Wade  
42F Bill Walker X Athletes Angling x Wade  
42G Tim Smathers X Timothy Smathers Party  
43 Richard Ramirez   Big boyz on da river X
43A Richard Ramirez X Big boyz on da river  
43B Jordan Fluharty X Big boyz on da river  
43C Troy Silva X Big Boyz On Da River  
43D Jason Porter X    
44 Jason Ramynke   Jason Ramynke Party X
44A Jason Ramynke X Jason Ramynke Party  
44B Jack Ramynke X Jason Ramynke Party  
44C Sean Barbee X Sean Barbee  
46 MIchael Robertson   Michael Robertson Party X
46A MIchael Robertson X Michael Robertson Party  
46B Dan O’Neill X Michael Robertson Party  
46C RACHEL ROBERTSON X RACHEL ROBERTSON Party  
46D SCOTT WEIR X SCOTT  WEIR Party  
46E RACHEL AUSTIN X Bill Robertson Nissan  
46F Bill Robertson X e  
47 William Robertson   Will Robertson Party X
47A William Robertson x Will Robertson Party  
48 Ryan Rodriguez   Ryan Rodriguez Party X
48A Ryan Rodriguez X Ryan Rodriguez Party  
48B Raina Rodriguez X Raina Rodriguez Party  
48C Jason Rodriguez X Jason Rodriguez  Party  
48D Eric Walraf X Ryan’s Party  
48E Chelsea Walraf X Ryan’s Party  
50 Ben Skaw   Ben Skaw Party X
50A Ben Skaw X Ben Skaw Party  
50B Shelby Newton X Shelby Newton Party  
50C TBD       
51 Jeremiah Stephens   Jeremiah Stephens Party X
51A Jeremiah Stephens X Jeremiah Stephens Party  
51B Michael Evarts X 51  
51C Seth Fluharty X 51  
51D Edward Rivas X jeremiah stephens Party  
52 Travis Street   Travis Wade Party X
52A Travis Street X Travis Wade Party  
52B Joe Arnold X Travis Wade Party  
52C Kenny Cummings Sr. X Travis Wade Party  
52D Joel Slatter X Travis Wade Party  
52E Alfonso Galvez X Travis Wade Party  
53 Mark Tavelli   Mark Tavelli Party X
53A Mark Tavelli X Mark Tavelli Party  
53B Greg Balint X Greg Balint Party  
54 Bill Tierney   Bill Teirney Party X
54A Bill Tierney X Bill Teirney Party  
54B Earl Streufert X Earl  Streufert  
54C Michael Tierney X Boat 54 Tierney Party  
54D Tim Ruane X Boat #54  
54E Thomas Tierney X Tom Tierney  
55 Daniel Turlington   Daniel Turlington Party X
55A Daniel Turlington X Daniel Turlington Party  
56 Robert Vert   Let ‘er Bite X
56A Robert Vert X Let ‘er Bite  
56B Andy Horner X Let ‘er Bite  
56C Mike Shreve X Let ‘er Bite  
57 Noah Washburn   Reelbloodshed X
57A Noah Washburn X Reelbloodshed  
57B Steven Irwin X Reelbloodshed  
57C Sean Hyndshaw   ReelBloodshed  
57D TBD    Reelbloodshed  
58 Jason Williams   Williams Jason Party X
58A Jason Williams X Williams Jason Party  
59 Scott Wood   Scott Wood Party X
59A Scott Wood X Scott Wood Party  
59B Jordan Tarrant X scott wood party  
59C Jeff Wood X Scott Wood Party  
59D Thomas Devore X Scott Wood Party  
60 Joshua Corke   Josh Corke X
60A Joshua Corke X Josh Corke  
60B Kayla Beryhill X Kayla Beryhill Party  
61 Michael McElroy   Michael Mcelroy Party X
61A Michael McElroy X Michael Mcelroy Party  
61B Chandal Corke X    
61C Gabriel Writer X USMC  
61D Jacob Covallo X Michael Mcelroy  
62 Joe Custer   Joe Custer Party X
62A Joe Custer X Joe Custer Party  
62B Natalie Custer X    
62C Dakota Nelson X Dakota Nelson Party  
62D Slater Strickland X    
63 George Davis   David Bond Party X
63A George Davis X David Bond Party  
63B David Bond X David Bond Party  
64 Troy Peirce   Specialized Insulation Inc. X
64A Troy Peirce X Specialized Insulation Inc.  
64B Rhonda Peirce X    
65 Todd Sawyer   Todd Sawyer Party X
65B Todd Sawyer X Todd Sawyer Party  

King of the Reach FAQs

 

While most people recognize the contribution KOR makes to fish conservation, some question the effectiveness of this project and the impact it could have on native fish populations. For more information please visit: King of the Reach fishing derby questions answered

Here are some questions WDFW is often asked regarding the derby:

Q. What happens to fish caught in this derby? In most salmon derbies, anglers get to keep what they catch.

A. In KOR, the fish caught are handed over to WDFW to be used as broodstock at the Priest Rapids Hatchery to create more fish. No fish are retained for personal consumption by anglers participating in the event.

Priest Rapids produces and releases 7.3 million juvenile fall Chinook salmon into the Columbia River each June on the Hanford Reach. They are not sent to other areas of the Columbia or state for release. These fish contribute significantly to a variety of fisheries from the oceans of Alaska to the Tri-cities.

Q. Why is it important to catch fish from the Hanford Reach and use them for reproduction? Why can’t fish from anywhere be used? And why do they need to be native, not hatchery-origin, fish?

A: Offspring of natural-origin (wild) fish are more genetically adapted to survive in their natural environment. Ideally 30% of hatchery broodstock should come from natural origin fall Chinook, and preferably from URB from the Hanford Reach, to keep native genetics in the gene pool.

The Priest Rapids Hatchery has a fish “trap” that spawning fish enter. Less than 10% of the fall Chinook that end up in the trap are natural origin, and many are from other parts of the Columbia River, making additional efforts to secure natural origin fish a necessity.

Q. Does KOR replace natural populations with hatchery fish? Will natural origin fish eventually be wiped out by this operation?

A: Over the ten years of the KOR program (numbers are broken out by year below), less than 1% (0.6%) of the Hanford Reach natural origin fall chinook population has been collected for KOR. In comparison, an average of 12% of the natural origin fall Chinook are harvested each year by sport anglers on the Hanford Reach. The relatively small number collected during KOR makes a large impact in the genetic makeup of the fish released from the Priest Rapids Hatchery.

The American Fisheries Society recently published a peer reviewed manuscript on this topic.

Q. Why do people fish this derby if they can’t keep these large fish?

A. While there are many prizes for participants, and it is always fun to fish for big fish, many people recognize the contribution to conservation that KOR makes and support this work. There are many area groups, including high school students, that volunteer to work the derby for the same reason. In the first ten years of KOR, 1,841 volunteers assisted with the Project collecting 6,780 adult fall Chinook. The comradery and friendly competition coupled with the connection to improving fish conservation make this a great event.

Q. What is the mortality rate of Chinook at this event?

A. Each year, only a handful of fish die in the time between being caught and loaded into the hatchery truck.