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Buoy 10 Salmon Fishing Continues

Lance and a happy customer showing off their native Chinook salmon caught at the Buoy 10 fishery.

Buoy 10 Update

August 7th, 2023 – Chinook retention reopens tomorrow, September 8th, at the Buoy 10 fishery, and it’s not just open. It’s wide open! For the rest of the Buoy 10 season on the Columbia River, we can retain both hatchery and native Chinook as well as hatchery Coho salmon. We currently have a 3 fish daily bag limit, 1 of which may be a Chinook. If you ever wanted to find a great time to fish for Columbia River fall salmon, it’s now!

2023 Buoy 10 Salmon Season

There’s been a lot to enjoy in Astoria and on the Columbia River at the Buoy 10 Salmon fishery since it opened on August 1st. Overall we’ve had great weather and fun times on the water, both in the Pacific Ocean and on the Columbia River. The ocean is currently open for retention of all salmon, hatchery and native, both Chinook and Coho. The Columbia River was slated to switch to a Coho only fishery, but beginning on September 8th, Chinook salmon may again be retained. While many consider August to be the month for Buoy 10 salmon fishing, after Labor Day provides some of my favorite fishing of the season. We’re fishing for fall salmon and we’ll be dropping the crab pots to add to your seafood haul. 

A happy group of corporate ladies showing off their haul of Dungeness crab.

Buoy 10 Salmon Fishing

We’ve already been reeling in some beautiful Chinook and Coho on the Columbia River. They are feisty and bright, and should offer some good fishing opportunities through September in Astoria. Things take on a different pace after Labor Day. There are fewer people in town and on the water, and a lot of fish around. I personally think that we’re heading into some of the best fishing of the year. We’ll be chasing chrome Chinook and Coho to take home as fresh fillets. We may have to release native Coho in the river, but we can keep everything else we reel in. Who doesn’t like a day with more fishing action? You won’t hear me complaining 🙂

Let us know if you have any questions or you’d like to get a trip scheduled. We’re always happy to help with fishing and more. Whether you need help finding a good hotel to stay in before your trip, want to know where to dine after your trip, or would like to know what other unique things you can do in the area when you’re not on the water…feel free to ask. We want you to have a great experience.