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Astoria Salmon Fishing

A happy family of 5 with their salmon

Astoria is home to some of the best salmon fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Located at the mouth of the Columbia River where it meets the Pacific Ocean, Astoria has been one of the world’s largest Salmon fishing hubs for 250 years. The Salmon fishing in Astoria offers three Chinook Salmon runs, a Sockeye run, and a Coho/Silver Salmon return. The collective return offers nearly 6 months of fishing opportunity, which is nearly unheard of in the world of Salmon fishing. And while the Salmon fishing is great, the overall experience in Astoria is what makes it incredible! Good restaurants, hotels of all kinds, and lots of places to explore really make it an amazing destination.

Spring Salmon Fishing

Columbia River Spring Chinook are some of the most prized salmon and have a short season, typically from Mid-March through the first week of April. This fishery is carefully regulated, and based on closure areas, sometimes we’ll be fishing upriver toward Portland to provide the best fishing opportunity. 

Ocean Salmon Fishing

Astoria provides a prime ocean salmon fishing opportunity as the fish that run the Columbia River stage outside the mouth of the river before entering the fresh water. In June, Coho Salmon arrive and will gain up to a pound a week while gorging on the prolific baitfish in the area. We typically get to fish the ocean near Astoria from late June through September.

Update: 2024 Astoria Ocean Salmon Season – Tentative Plan

We are waiting for ODFW’s final approval, but the 2024 ocean salmon season recommendations have been announced. June 22nd will be opening day and we’ll have an All Salmon season again this year where both chinook (native and hatchery) and hatchery coho may be retained through September 30th. It’s a 2 fish limit, only one of which can be a Chinook. Astoria Ocean Salmon fishery is a favorite of many as it allows us to target Columbia River Fall Salmon before we can chase them in the river when Buoy 10 opens up in August. If you would like to experience ocean salmon fishing, this is the time to do it. Remember that it’s never too early to book your Astoria fishing trip. We typically spend July chasing salmon and bottom fishing for lingcod and rockfish. It’s a great combination!

Summer Salmon Fishing

When summer arrives in mid-June, Summer Chinook, or “June Hogs”, provide another fishing opportunity between Astoria and the mouth of the Cowlitz River. On these trips, we’ll often catch Summer Steelhead and Sockeye as well, providing even more action for everyone in the boat.

Update: 2024 Columbia River Summer Salmon Season – Tentative Plan

The Columbia River is tentatively set to be open for summer Chinook salmon retention from June 16th-19th below Bonneville Dam. Sockeye salmon retention will be allowed June 16th through July 31st, giving us a short window when we can retain Chinook salmon and sockeye during the same trip. The daily bag limit is 2 fish and all native fish must be released.

The Columbia River summer steelhead season will overlap the summer salmon season with steelhead retention allowed from June 16th through July 31st from Astoria to The Dalles Dam. Some days we’re able to bring home multiple species at the end of a summer day in Astoria.

Astoria Fall Salmon Fishing

The fall salmon season actually gets started out on the Pacific Ocean toward the end of June. When the water temps start to warm up, baitfish amass at the mouth of the Columbia River. Fall salmon prepare for their runs by eating their fill, and we target fall salmon out on the ocean, taking advantage of some nice weather and good fishing. These same months are prime trophy sturgeon season on the Columbia River Estuary, making it the perfect time for multiple-day trips.

Buoy 10 Salmon Fishing

The Buoy 10 Chinook Salmon Season opens on the Columbia River on August 1st each year.  There is nothing else in the world like being out at Buoy 10, and many people have it on their bucket list. The Columbia River Chinook season typically lasts 3-5 weeks and then we switch gears just a little as the Coho begin their run and we target them on both the ocean and the river. On a good year coho fishing can run clear through October, providing some of my favorite fishing days. The days are long. The sun is shining. People have returned to school and work. And of course, salmon are in the river and biting. What more could a guy who loves to fish want in a day on the water?

Update: 2024 Buoy 10 Salmon Season – Tentative Plan

The 2024 Buoy 10 season has been tentatively set. The Columbia River will open for salmon retention on August 1st. We’ll be set to launch out of Astoria from day 1. Bag limit for the entire season is 2 salmon, only 1 of which may be a Chinook.

August 1st – August 29th: Retention of hatchery Chinook and hatchery Coho allowed.

August 30th – September 3rd: Retention of native and hatchery Chinook and hatchery Coho allowed.

September 4th – December 31st: Retention of hatchery Coho only. We run trips through October and these later trips can include Dungeness crabbing, making for a great fisherman’s feast.

Buoy 10 is a favorite fishery and no matter when you choose to fish, it will be an experience to remember.

Whether you’re interested in coming for a day or several days, please visit the links below to help plan your trip. You’re always welcome to call or contact me with any questions. I’m happy to help.

Astoria Estuary Sturgeon Fishing

Astoria Ocean Charters

Places to stay while fishing in Astoria

Places to eat while fishing in Astoria

Things to do in and around Astoria

For any questions you might have about Astoria Salmon Fishing, or to simply book a trip, contact me.