Buoy 10 salmon fishery opens August 1

Buoy 10

Buoy 10
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Fast Action Fishing

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

The popular Buoy 10 salmon fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River opens to Coho and Chinook fishing Monday, Aug. 1, with another strong return of nearly one million fall Chinook predicted.

The Buoy 10 fishery is the first Columbia River fishery that will encounter these large returns. With thousands of anglers expected to hit the water in the next few weeks, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has a few reminders.

The biggest change for the 2016 season is a modification to steelhead bag limits to help remain within ESA constraints on steelhead destined for the Snake River. “Last year we very nearly exceeded the allowable steelhead impacts and were close to shutting down fall fisheries upstream of Bonneville Dam,” said Tucker Jones, ODFWs Columbia River program manager. “The steelhead forecast is below average again in 2016 so we lowered the steelhead bag limit to reduce the chance that we’ll have to close fisheries ahead of schedule this year.”

The daily bag limit for fisheries from Buoy 10 upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco, Wash. is modified for 2016 so that no more than one steelhead may be retained. This restriction will be in effect in the following areas and dates:

  • Aug. 1 through Dec. 31 from Buoy 10 to Bonneville Dam
  • Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 from Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam and
  • Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 from McNary Dam to the Highway 395 Bridge

In addition, regulations regarding retention of hatchery Chinook on mark-selective fishing days downstream of Bonneville were modified to include Chinook with a clipped adipose or a left-ventral fin. Either fin must have a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin.

According to Jones, this Buoy 10 season could be another one to remember.“With a monster run predicted again in 2016, many anglers are geared up and ready to go,” he said. “For the last three years or so, fall salmon fishing in the Columbia has been remarkable and not just in the estuary. Fishing has been lights out from Buoy 10 all the way to the state line above McNary Dam, and 2016 looks to continue that red hot trend.”

“I don’t think anglers are going to want to miss this opportunity,” he added.

Open dates, bag limits and other regulations for Columbia River salmon seasons vary by location on the river and can be found on the ODFW website.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Alsea River: Alsea River Fishing Report
Kilchis River: Kilchis River Fishing Report
Nestucca River: Nestucca River and Three Rivers Fishing Report
Salmon River: Salmon River Fishing Report
Siletz River: Siletz River Fishing Report
Siuslaw River: Siuslaw River Fishing Report
Tillamook Bay: Tillamook Bay Fishing Report
Trask River: Trask River Fishing Report
Wilson River: Wilson River Fishing Report
Yaquina River: Yaquina River Fishing Report
Applegate Reservoir: Applegate Reservoir Fishing Report
Applegate River: Applegate River Fishing Report
Arizona Pond: Arizona Pond Fishing Report
Ben Irving Reservoir: Ben Irving Reservoir Fishing Report
Chetco River: Chetco River Fishing Report
Coos River: Coos River Basin Fishing Report
Coos River: Coos River Basin Fishing Report
Coquille River: Coquille River Basin Fishing Report
Diamond Lake: Diamond Lake Fishing Report
Elk River: Elk River Fishing Report
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant Reservoir Fishing Report
Expo Pond: Expo Pond Fishing Report
Fish Lake : Fish Lake Fishing Report
Floras Lake: Floras Lake Fishing Report
Galesville Reservoir: Galesville Reservoir Fishing Report
Garrison Lake: Garrison Lake Fishing Report
Hemlock Lake: Hemlock Lake Fishing Report
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Prairie Reservoir Fishing Report
Hyatt Lake: Hyatt Lake Fishing Report
Illinois River: Illinois River Fishing Report
Lake Marie: Lake Marie Fishing Report
Lake Selmac: Lake Selmac Fishing Report
Lemolo Lake: Lemolo Lake Fishing Report
Loon Lake: Loon Lake Fishing Report
: Lost Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Plat I Reservoir: Plat I Reservoir Fishing Report
Smith River: Smith River Fishing Report
Willow Lake: Willow Lake Fishing Report

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