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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Buoy 10 king catches remain above expectations heading into the final weekend to keep them

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The Buoy 10 salmon fishery at the Lower Columbia River mouth has been holding up very well for catches of chinook.

The chinook catch rates have been good since Aug. 7 averaging 0.40 chinook per angler, and coho catch rates have been low but began to improve recently.

The estimated catch (including release mortalities) through Aug. 26 includes 15,300 chinook and 2,800 hatchery coho.

The expected catch of 24,000 chinook would be the largest in more than two decades (30,800 fish in 1988). The projected catch (kept plus release mortalities) for Aug. 27-Sept. 3 is 8,700 chinook, bringing the season total to 24,000 chinook.

The preseason catch expectations were 13,900 chinook and 8,000 hatchery coho.

The Coded Wire Tag (CWT) data is complete through Aug. 22 with 147 tags. The preliminary data indicates the Lower River Hatchery (LRH) chinook stock represents around 19-percent of the catch compared to 28-percent expected.

The CWT data indicates additional fish are available for harvest due to the low LRH catch observed to date. When combined with expected savings from the ongoing ocean recreational fishery, the Buoy 10 fishery should be able to continue through Sept. 3 without modification.

The Buoy 10 fishery opened Aug. 1 with a daily bag limit of two fish/one chinook. The fishery is currently open with chinook retention scheduled through Sept. 3 (Labor Day).

Fishing from Sept. 4-30 is for hatchery coho and steelhead only. Chinook retention could reopen Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 with a two chinook daily bag limit.

(Photo courtesy of Mark Yuasa)

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