The fall of 2014 is in full swing for salmon fishermen. Anticipation of 1.6 million Columbia River kings and nearly a million coho has spurred great interest in Lower Columbia fishing and the popular Bouy 10 fishery has been outstanding!
On the opener, we were already seeing a solid showing of early catches. Ocean fishing was exceptional and the crowds started early. The Bouy 10 area of the Columbia River is essentially the mouth of the river, near Astoria. Fishermen will arrive from long distances to fish this outstanding salmon fishery. Chinook & Coho move into the tidewater of the Columbia and stage before heading upriver on way to the spawning grounds. Trolling bait like herring and anchovies behind a flasher is one of the most popular and productive methods.
Fishing picked up as tides pushed more and more fish into the system. Pictured below is Cameron Black of Gone Catchin' Guide Service with his clients. He had a fantastic season, spending many days running double trips with time to spare. He had a lot of success spending time west of the Astoria Bridge, fishing 20 - 30 feet of depth.
Take a moment to watch our Bouy 10 takedown video! This will give you an idea of what a good day of fishing in Astoria is like!
Fishing in late August was fantastic for both Chinook & Coho. Lots of wild fish to be caught. When the Chinook fishing closed to protect lower Columbia wild stocks, the coho fishing continued to be fantastic with limits increasing to 3 hatchery coho. September is actually a great time to fish Bouy 10. The crowds of August are long gone and the fishing is just as good, even better though Chinook cannot be retained.
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