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Astoria Fishing Happening Now

Happy lady holding her Buoy 10 Chinook salmon in Astoria.

What do you want to fish for in 2024? Our Astoria location offers fishing for everyone. Some of the best salmon fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Plus we have tuna, lingcod, rockfish, and crabbing. Yes, it’s a smorgasbord of fishing, and as far as I’m concerned it doesn’t get much better than this.

Buoy 10 Salmon

Proud mom and teenage son holding their Columbia River Chinook salmon caught at the Buoy 10 fishery.

The 2024 Buoy 10 salmon season details will be announced later this spring. We’re expecting something similar to the 2023 season, and will share the info as soon as we have it. Last year the Buoy 10 Chinook season lasted through Labor Day, with a few pre-planned closure dates in August. After that we switched to a Coho only fishery for a few days and the the river opened wide for retention of all Chinook both native and hatchery in addition to hatchery Coho. There’s nothing in the world quite like the Buoy 10 salmon fishery, and we’re excited to chase some fall salmon later this year.

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Astoria Ocean Salmon

Buoy 10 Chinook salmon being held by a happy man.

We’re still waiting for the 2024 Pacific Ocean salmon season details, but typically the ocean opens for salmon retention the last weekend of June. Last year we started with a hatchery only fishery through July and by the end of August the ocean was wide open for salmon retention out of Astoria. You catch it, you keep it. That means Chinook and Coho, hatchery and native. Things can get pretty action-packed when we’re able to retain all salmon. We’re hoping for a repeat again this year, pairing up with the Buoy 10 season. Bright chrome Chinook and Coho biting anchovy and other offerings like Spinfish. Most fishing has been to the north of the river mouth in 50-90 feet of water. Nope, not very far out. The high tide bite on the green line was super consistent.

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Dungeness Crab

Fall is the perfect time to catch some crab. We’ll drop the pots on our way to the fishing grounds, pick them back up on our way in, and have your crab cooked right by the dock. You can’t get much fresher than that!

 

Tuna Time!

Teenager proudly holding his first albacore tuna caught on the ocean out of Astoria

The tuna are here! Legion’s Mercy can be from the tips to the fishing grounds in an hour at that distance. We have 400 pounds of ice and a fish hold that can carry 50 tuna. I’ll just say it right now, please don’t catch 50 tuna. That would be absurd, but whatever, the capacity is great for keeping the sashimi cold 🙂 The flat oceans of summer and blue water moving close to shore is something many never experience.  Reach out to get your date on Legion’s Mercy today!

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Rockfish and Lingcod Palooza

Lingcod limits for everyone on board Legion's Mercy

It’s been good all year long and yes, the scenery hasn’t been bad either! Tillamook Head has been loaded with black rockfish and on light tackle it’s a blast. We’ve been catching fish around a variety of rock formations that come up from the bottom of the ocean and have even seen some top-water action. At that point, the spinning rods and one ounce jigs come out. The slow retrieves just get hammered and on light tackle just below the surface? Yes, it’s a lot of fun. We will often couple these trips with some ocean salmon. 25-30 black rocks and salmon? It’s how we do it this time of year out of Astoria!

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