It’s the final countdown to Buoy 10 Salmon Season on the Columbia River. The river opens for fall salmon fishing this Friday, August 14th. Astoria is ready and so are we. As much as we enjoyed ocean salmon and trophy sturgeon fishing, nothing can compare to what takes place during the Buoy 10 season. If you’ve never experienced it, you might want to check it out. Hotels are bustling, restaurants are ready to serve some great local food, and it’s always fun to visit some of the unique historical sights like Battery Russel or Fort Clatsop while you’re in town. And yes, you can do all of this safely! Wear a mask, carry hand sanitizer and be vigilant about how you’re doing things. Being thoughtful goes a long way!
The 2020 Buoy 10 season takes place a little later than normal this year, and it’s actually shaping up to be a good thing. We’ve been ocean salmon fishing since the end of June, and now it’s time to do some Columbia River fishing. Over the past month or so, the salmon have been putting on weight while munching on baitfish just outside the mouth of the river. Chinook have started their run up the Columbia River and we’re ready to chase them in the freshwater as they head to their birthwaters.
Buoy 10 Chinook season is open through August 27th. That doesn’t mean we’re done fishing then. We simply switch to Coho Salmon fishing, and keep on fishing. September offers a slightly different scene. Summer travelers have returned home, and there are fewer boats on the river. It’s a bit more laid back and can offer some nice weather as well. Crabbing picks up in September and we’re happy to throw out the crab pots during your fishing trip. Just let us know if you’d like to do some crabbing.
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 the fishing doesn’t end there. Columbia River Fall Salmon fishing will continue through October, including fishing near the Klickitat River in the Columbia River Gorge. We expect to be fishing from mid-September into November on the Lewis River as well.