Fabulous weather and fall salmon heading into the freshwater of the Columbia River, what could be better? The 2020 Buoy 10 Salmon Season opened on Friday, August 14th. We’ve enjoyed early morning launches, good times with friends and customers, and catching some beautiful Chinook Salmon. Once we’re off the water, it’s time for great food at local restaurants, a walk around town to see the sights, and a comfortable place to get some rest. There’s nothing in the world that compares to the Buoy 10 Salmon Season in Astoria. While things may look a little different this year, you can still enjoy some time at the coast. Wear a mask, carry hand sanitizer, and be vigilant about how you’re doing things. Being thoughtful goes a long way!
Chinook Salmon fishing opened on the Columbia River in Astoria on Friday, the 14th, and will continue through the 27th. Opening weekend provided our first opportunity to target these fall salmon and we weren’t disappointed. We’re looking forward to the next 10 days of Chinook fishing and still have some availability. Let us know if you’d like to get out.
When the Buoy 10 Chinook season closes on August 27th, the fishery remains open and we keep on fishing. Coho Salmon fishing takes center stage, with 2 Columbia River runs that provided consistent limits through the end of September last year. And while the Chinook fishing is closed, we catch some awesome Kings while fishing for Coho, adding some additional action to our day.
Lance Fisher Fishing is taking COVID very seriously. Preparations have been made to be able to allow all of us to experience the 2020 fishing season. We’re thankful for the outdoors and that it is one of the safer places to be right now. That being said, we still want to be vigilant and respectful. You will need to bring a face covering with you. You can bring what you typically use, or purchase a gaiter as many of us already wear them to protect from UV. They are inexpensive and readily available on Amazon. We have lots of room in our boats and many times 6’ of distancing is no problem. For the times that people and guides must get close, simply pull the gaiter or mask up. Know that part of being good at what we do is providing clean boats for your trip. While this is already SOP for our operation, know that extra steps are being taken so that we can enjoy our fishing experience and remain safe.
We still have some dates available for the Buoy 10 season, and from there the fishing continues. We’ll be fishing for Columbia River Fall Salmon fishing into October at the mouth of the Klickitat in the Columbia River Gorge, and we expect to be fishing into November on the Lewis River. Fall Salmon Fishing starts up in Tillamook in September as well. We’ll follow the fish from the ocean, to the bay, to the rivers. So many fall salmon fishing opportunities ahead in 2020.