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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 2, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Lower Columbia River mouth Buoy 10 salmon fishing opener slow as expected

The Buoy 10 opener on Monday, Aug. 1 was slow with 15 boats and 35 anglers having no catch.

But, don’t expect it to stay that way for very long as 750,000 chinook and 275,000 coho will flood into the area, and should peak by about the third week of August.

Daily sampling summaries should be posted at the state Fish and Wildlife website.

Here is a clarification on the Lower Columbia River sturgeon fishery:

The entire mainstem Columbia from the mouth to Chief Joseph Dam, except in the sturgeon spawning sanctuary described below, is now catch-and-release only. Only the area from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam will re-open for catch-and-keep fishing. In that area, white sturgeon may be retained Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only beginning October 8.

Sturgeon Spawning Sanctuary: From Bonneville Dam downstream 9 miles to a line crossing the Columbia from Navigation Marker 82 on the Oregon shore through the upstream exposed end of Skamania Island, continuing in a straight line to a boundary marker on the Washington shore: CLOSED to fishing for STURGEON through August.

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