Buoy 10 Salmon
Buoy 10 Salmon fishing guides are able to bring
you Salmon and Steelhead and Sturgeon limits from this Columbia River fishing
hotspot. The action is non-stop for Salmon, Coho, and Silver Salmon and Chinook
Salmon throughout the year in the Pacific Northwest but the absolute best
fishing is at Buoy10 and during the best times local fishing guides can get
limits in just a few hours.
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Buoy 10 Salmon Fishing
Buoy 10 is a channel marker at the Columbia River mouth, but among anglers it
also refers to the larger recreational fishing area from the buoy upstream to a
finger of land called Tongue Point on the Oregon side of the river upriver from
Astoria. (On the Washington shore, Rocky Point is the upper deadline for this
management area.) The most famous fishery here is the fall salmon season, which
generally opens in the Buoy 10 area on Aug. 1. The fall Chinook season usually
peaks in the last two weeks of August. Hatchery Coho salmon can be very abundant
some years, and fishing for them is usually good in late August and the first
half of September. Both species usually appear first from buoys 10 to 14 but
also are caught farther upriver to above the Astoria-Megler Bridge.
Most anglers troll herring or lures such as spinners and plugs. Watch for
in-season regulation changes, as small or large runs can spur changes to seasons
or harvest limits (up or down) on the Columbia system. Spring chinook and
steelhead pass through the estuary but are more commonly caught upriver. The
estuary also is one of the best places on the Columbia to catch keeper-sized
sturgeon, which are regulated on a quota system. At this time, the quotas are on
a downward trend as sturgeon numbers decline. Spring and summer are typically
the best times to catch sturgeon in the estuary. Greenling, rockfish, lingcod
and perch are caught from the jetties, and flounder are common. Crabbing can be
very good. The beaches just south of the river down to Seaside have Oregonís
best razor clamming. Charter and private boats based in Astoria, Warrenton and
Hammond on the Oregon side and the ports of Ilwaco and Chinook in Washington
fish in the estuary and also head across the bar to fish for salmon, albacore
tuna, halibut and other fish in the Pacific Ocean. The Columbia River bar can be
very dangerous, so use ample caution.
Thanks and hats off to Jack Levin for sending us the above Buoy 10 Fishing
Report and update.
John Krauthoefer, owner of Firefighter's Guide Service, is
widely recognized as one of the North Oregon Coast's top fishing
guides. With more than 35 years focused experience, Johns knowledge
and expertise in some of the region's most celebrated fisheries has
no equal. Tillamook Bay fall and spring Chinook, Nehalem Bay fall
Chinook, Nestucca River Steelhead, North Fork Nehalem Steelhead (by
Custom White Water Raft), Ocean Chinook, Silver Salmon and Halibut,
Buoy 10 and Columbia River Salmon are all fisheries John has
mastered. These are places were fall Chinook in excess of 60 pounds
are caught, trophy Steelhead are found and spring Chinook jump on
spinners and herring with reckless abandon. With John you'll be
fishing premium gear in the comfort of his custom-built 26' Willie
Raptor. Everything is provided except your license, rain gear and
lunch. Firefighter's Guide Service is the difference between
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How To Catch Salmon At
fishing guides and
Salmon fishing at Buoy 10,
Columbia river charters
10 fishing derby are fun because of being able to see all the
Astoria fishing guides,
charters and fishing charter boats for buoy10.
resorts camping and RV parks at Buoy ten
The prime time for
Buoy 10 Salmon fishing in Astoria Oregon is in August & September. Some
spell buoy like bouy so they say bouy 10 Salmon fishing.
Laurent Salmon and Steelhead fishing guide.
I fish the Columbia River, Tillamook Bay and
all coastal rivers & bays nearby including
Nehalem, the Wilson & Trask Rivers for
Salmon & Steelhead and the popular Buoy 10
Salmon fishery. I also fish for Spring
Salmon at Wind River and Drano Lake and the
Willamette River. I'll give you tips and
information to help you fish all those areas
because I've been fishing them all my life
and it's my passion. I live to get up every
morning and fish and nothing is more fun to
me than making sure my friends and clients
are "on the fish" and in the right zone
using the very best baits and lures. Please
visit my website and contact me to book a
trip. My promise to you is that you'll be
glad you did -
Daniel St. Laurent -
St. Laurent Guide Service
Oregon Fishing Reports
Weekly Oregon Fishing reports posted by
the ODFW for all regions
Weekly Washington Fishing
reports posted by the WDFW for
Columbia River & Tributary Fishing
Reports by David Perez
of Hooked On Fishing Guide Service
Fishing Tips -
How To Identify Salmon
Chinook Salmon: There are small
irregular spots on the entire tail and the gums at the
base of the teeth are black.
thanks to the Oregon dept.
of fish and wildlife for this photo
Coho Salmon: There are small
irregular spots only on the upper half of the tail, and
the gums at the base of the teeth are white. Notice
distinct black on tail and back.
female pink salmon
Pink Salmon: There are large
oblong spots on the back and the entire tail
Buoy10 is one of the hottest
Salmon fisheries in the world.
Before you waste valuable time,
bait, boat gas and your patience,
pick an experienced fishing guide
from this website and spend a few
days learning about the area and
how to catch more fish and bigger
fish in less time and having more fun!
buoy 10 fishing
guides and charter boats association
Buoy 10 fishing guides are able to bring you Salmon
and Steelhead and Sturgeon limits from this Columbia River fishing hotspot. The
action is non-stop for Salmon, Coho, and Silver Salmon and Chinook Salmon throughout
the year in the Pacific Northwest but the absolute best fishing is at Buoy10 and
during the best times local fishing guides can get limits in just a few hours.
for Buoy 10 Fishing
First things first - when & where you
can fish: It is common for WDFW & ODFW to
open this fishery August 1st & close it near Labor Day,
but the closure is very dependant on the projected run,
quota set & the actual total catch. The best fishing does
not usually start on the opener, but picks up within a
week or two, depending on the weather & run size.
There is a agreement between the two states called shared
jurisdiction. What this means is that a Washington angler
can fish in a BOAT in Oregon waters, & the other way
around. You can also launch on either shore & fish, with
either license. HOWEVER, you CANNOT bank fish on a shore
that you are NOT licensed for.
Washington & now Oregon have fishing regulations in effect
on the river as described by the new Oregon regulations.
"Each angler aboard a vessel may continue to use angler
gear until the daily limit of fish for all legally
licensed & juvenile anglers aboard has been achieved.
However no individual angler may exceed any personal daily
When to fish: The
best time to fish this area would be for on a low slack
tide at early morning, Fish from Buoy 10 at the start of
the incoming tide & slide upriver along a rip, as the tide
comes in. Fish from Chinook to the Washington side of
Astoria bridge up until & thru the high slack. You can
then mooch back the outgoing tide in 30' of water off the
"Church". For the Oregon boaters, the main shipping
channel from buoy 20 up to 29 seem to be productive.
The launch at Illwaco is off the main road into town just
after you drop down off the hill, take a left at the sign
that says launching ramp. If you miss that, then just go
to the stop light, turn left and the frontage road at the
dock area, follow it to the eastern end & around the boat
basin to the launch on the south east side. There is a
nice new two lane ramp, also a sling, & with lots of paved
Bait: Bait is
available at both Illwaco or Chinook thru Ed's bait. The
Illwaco location is open at 5:00AM & is on a dock that is
close to the launch area. The Chinook location is out of a
small grocery store on the west side of the main road
north of the launch road. It is the Chinook Country Store,
phone 360-777-2248, you can call ahead before closing time
which is around 7:30PM & reserve bait for the next day.
There are other bait shops in Chinook, one being on the
main road in town, & the other on Portland Street, which
is the entrance to the Chinook boat launch.
above information was used with the permission
LeeRoy Wisner had posted several EXTREMELY informative
articles on the Puget Sound Anglers website and we
strongly recommend visiting that website or
to email him directly. As an editor's note I must say that
in my lifetime of searching every available resource I
have never come across so many helpful and informative
articles as those written by LeeRoy Wisner. Thanks
again and hats to LeeRoy for giving us permission to post
these articles so that you can learn more about fishing
and hopefully you catch more fish!