|Oregon Coast Notes|
|The Oregon Coast's famous Buoy 10 Salmon Season Opens in Astoria. Great Numbers are expected...|
The Buoy 10 Salmon fishery opens Sunday Aug. 1 at the mouth of the Columbia River, with the expectation that there will be a big run. More than 1million Chinook and Coho are expected to return to the lower Columbia this year, and fishery managers predict that anglers will catch approximately 12,500 of them between Buoy 10 and Rocky Point, 16 miles upriver.
If you are a bank angler with plans to fish at Buoy 10 you need to be aware that access to the North Jetty, the only real bank access, will be closed due to a major project being conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reinforce beaches eroded by winter storms.
“Overall, we’re anticipating some excellent fall fishing this year,” said Steve Williams, deputy administrator of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s fish division. “It looks like there are going to be a lot of Chinook in the river this year, and while the number of Coho doesn’t appear to be as strong as last year it is still shaping up to be a decent return.”
Anglers are reminded that Columbia River fisheries are managed to quotas based on Endangered Species Act (ESA) limitations on wild fish. The flexible nature of these fisheries allows managers to maximize fishing opportunities under the ESA but this also means that regulation changes and season modifications can happen quickly based on actual returns and harvest rates.
ODFW recommends that anglers make sure they understand the latest season dates and regulations before they head out to the river to pursue these prized fish. Anglers are advised to stay tuned for changes that can take place as new information becomes available. Updates can be found on the ODFW website at www.dfw.state.or.us ODFW also distributes in-season changes through the news media.
The 2010 fall seasons and regulations were established based on extensive deliberations between state and federal agencies, tribal representatives, and recreational and commercial fishers through a public forum known as the “North of Falcon” process, which takes place each spring.
2010 Columbia River fall Salmon and Steelhead seasons
COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to Tongue Point
COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Tongue Point upstream to a line projected from Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore to Red Buoy #4 to a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island on the Washington shore
COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, from a line projected from Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore to Red Buoy #4 to a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island on the Washington shore upstream to Bonneville Dam
COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Bonneville Dam upstream to Oregon/Washington border
David Johnson is a Pacific Northwest fishing guide.
To book a trip with Dave call 503-201-4292