The Columbia River Compact just announced some exciting news! We’re being given additional fishing opportunities on the Columbia River this month. Both the Chinook and Coho runs are larger than what was forecast, so they are increasing the Buoy 10 bag limits to 2 fish per day in Astoria beginning this Saturday. On September 5th and 6th, anglers are allowed to retain 1 Chinook Salmon as part of that limit. On Monday the Buoy 10 fishery switches back to retention of hatchery Coho, with the new 2 fish limit through the rest of the year.
They also announced two September dates for Keeper Sturgeon on the Columbia River. Sturgeon retention will be allowed on September 12th and 19th from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam. Battling these prehistoric fish provides an epic day all on its own, but taking that catch home for dinner brings a whole new element of satisfaction. This year’s keeper sturgeon legal catch size is 44-50”, measured from the nose of the fish to the fork of the tail, which will provide many delicious meals. Smoke it. Grill it. Fry it. Kabob it. Do whatever you like. The firm, white, boneless flesh from a sturgeon can be used in almost every way imaginable.
Let us know if you have any questions or would like to get a trip on the calendar. Our calendar is sure to fill up quickly.