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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 17, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Columbia River mouth at Buoy-10 improving, and areas off Ilwaco good for kings and coho

It looks like salmon fishing has improved a bunch off Ilwaco in the ocean and at Buoy-10 at the Lower Columbia River mouth.

“We started at around 7:30 a.m. and were done by 11:30 a.m. (Wednesday, Aug. 17), and we hooked 10 kings and kept the three we wanted,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association in Seattle, who fished in the ocean off the surf line of Long Beach in 40 feet of water.

Floor says there are two groups of fish: The tule stock of chinook in the 15 pound class range, and the other third of kings between 20 and 25 pounds, and 10 to 12 pounds.

“The hardest part is trying to decide what to keep,” Floor said. “We also released two wild coho.”

In the past two days Floor has caught and or released 22 kings in two days.

Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver says the Buoy-10 area has shown improvement in the past couple of days.

On Tuesday, samplers checked at the Chinook ramp 45 boats with 115 anglers that caught 28 chinook and six coho.

“We saw better checks on the Oregon side, and that could be influenced by guides and it was a fish per boat average,” Hymer said. “It has improved and mostly above the (Astoria-Megler) bridge on the Washington side. Most of the chinook are tule stocks.”

An Oregon check showed 55 boats with 187 anglers that caught 59 chinook and five coho.

“There has been good fishing for nice big chinoook between the Cowlitz and Lewis for bright stocks,” Hymer said. “Catch and effort have ramped up.”

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