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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 19, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Head now to Columbia River mouth at Buoy-10 and off Ilwaco for good salmon action

If there is any time to make a salmon fishing trip to Ilwaco and the Buoy-10 fishery at the Columbia River mouth go now.

Catches have been building all week long, and places just outside in the ocean as well as up by the Astoria-Megler Bridge have been yielding kings and coho.

This year the forecast calls for 750,000 chinook and 362,500 coho. That means 1.1-million fish are funneling in right now!

“It was sloppy water today (Friday, Aug. 19) in the ocean, but we found kings in front of Long Beach,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association in Seattle who has been fishing the area since Monday and has brought 31 salmon to the boat. “Reports show the river is improving up by the bridge too.”

On Aug. 17, 57 boats with 146 anglers caught 27 chinook and six coho; and Aug. 18, 16 boats with 42 anglers caught 16 chinook and two coho.

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