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Lance Fisher Fishing Guide- Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon

Astoria, Buoy 10 Salmon Opener

Nick netting a beautiful astoria ocean salmon

Buoy 10 is here!  Fishing has been solid in the ocean off Astoria and as predicted, the opener in the river was not overly impressive.  Why you might ask? Well the tides are not favorable and two, fish come into the river when they decide. They don’t use our calendars;) Our guides ran into the ocean and did some whacking and stacking. It has been like this for a month and I’ll be honest with you, I don’t think anyone was expecting it to be this good. For those of you looking to fish the river, we do have a great small tide series coming up though and those are generally good for Chinook!

If you’re looking for more information about our location in Astoria, restaurants, hotels and the low down on this whole fishery, you might want to check out our Lance Fisher Fishing- Astoria location page. 

Before I go any further, I want to that the Andrei Scripniciuc crew for ripping off these photos. You guys are awesome btw!

A lady fighting a Salmon on the ocean in front of Astoria Oregon

The bottom line is, there are a lot of fish in the ocean right now. Eventually, they will turn the corner and typically, it is by the 13th, if not earlier.  When I use these dates, I’m talking about 2 Chinook limits of old. I’m talking about full carnage. So for this year’s purposes, I’m thinking we should see some more Chinook in the river by this weekend.

Some of the best salmon fishing of the year will happen over the next 24 days.  It’s a well known fact as I watched the boat ramp come to life this morning (the buoy 10 opener) after months of only a modest amount of trucks and boats.  Our dates are limited at this point, but we still do have some space so feel free to give us a call. We’ll help if we can! With the amount of coho in the ocean I think we will have some great Astoria coho fishing after the 24th of August with the option to chase Kings up river around Rainier.

A limit of Salmon from Buoy 10

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