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October 3, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Buoy 10 at Columbia River mouth reopens for chinook, and still worth a try for salmon

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The Buoy 10 salmon fishery at the Columbia River mouth is still producing some fairly decent action at times.

“There are a few coho still around, and even some chinook,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “On some of the better days it has been a coho per rod average, and it did reopen (Monday, Oct. 1) for chinook including jacks.”

Here are the latest Lower Columbia River Buoy-10 catch figures:

Aug. 1: 12 boats with 23 anglers caught two chinook and one coho.

Aug. 2: Two boats with five anglers caught no fish.

Aug. 3: 29 boats with 69 anglers caught seven chinook and three coho.

Aug. 4: 38 boats with 90 anglers caught 16 chinook and three coho.

Aug. 5: 41 boats with 109 anglers caught nine chinook and two coho.

Aug. 6: 19 boats with 52 anglers caught three chinook and one coho.

Aug. 7: Four boats with 10 anglers caught one chinook.

Aug. 8: 39 boats with 85 anglers caught eight chinook and six coho.

Aug. 9: 28 boats with 59 anglers caught nine chinook and four coho.

Aug. 10: 56 boats with 158 anglers caught 59 chinook and 10 coho (186 private and two charter boats were observed during aerial surveys).

Aug. 11: 113 boats with 315 anglers caught 115 chinook and nine coho.

Aug. 12: 134 private boats with 379 anglers caught 130 chinook and 16 coho; 11 charter boats with 111 anglers caught 10 chinook and two coho.

Aug. 13: Six charter boats with 55 anglers caught 17 chinook.

Aug. 14: No sampling conducted.

Aug.15: 57 boats with 145 anglers caught 52 chinook and three coho.

Aug. 16: 41 boats with 116 anglers caught 13 chinook and three coho.

Aug. 17: 141 boats with 386 anglers caught 69 chinook and eight coho; two charter boats with 21 anglers caught no fish.

Aug. 18: 120 boats with 359 anglers caught 83 chinook and 15 coho.

Aug. 19: 103 boats with 285 anglers caught 62 chinook and 15 coho.

Aug. 20: 84 boats with 235 anglers caught 65 chinook and 17 coho; one charter boat with 14 anglers caught two chinook and four coho.

Aug. 21: 60 boats with 168 anglers caught 58 chinook and 21 coho.

Aug. 22: No sampling conducted.

Aug. 23: 118 boats with 342 anglers caught 102 chinook and 29 coho.

Aug. 24: 57 boats with 166 anglers caught 44 chinook and nine coho; one charter boats with five anglers caught three chinook.

Aug. 25: 166 boats with 480 anglers caught 165 chinook and 60 coho. About 1,400 boats counted during aerial flight.

Aug. 26: 122 boats with 354 anglers caught 67 chinook and 37 coho.

Aug. 27: 53 boats with 147 anglers caught 21 chinook and 16 coho; seven charter boats with 65 anglers caught nine chinook and four coho.

Aug. 28: No sampling conducted.

Aug. 29: 84 boats with 215 anglers caught 48 chinook and 32 coho.

Aug. 30: 79 boats with 193 anglers caught 36 chinook and 30 coho.

Aug. 31: 55 boats with 144 anglers caught 34 chinook and 23 coho.

Sept. 1: 107 boats with 307 anglers caught 69 chinook and 68 coho.

Sept. 2: 77 boats with 226 anglers caught 33 chinook and 36 coho.

Sept. 3: 74 boats with 183 anglers caught 29 chinook and 35 coho.

Sept. 4: 18 boats with 49 anglers caught 10 coho.

Sept. 5: 16 boats with 34 anglers caught two chinook and 14 coho.

Sept. 6: 24 boats with 57 anglers caught two chinook and 13 coho.

Sept. 7: 14 boats with 36 anglers caught six chinook and 10 coho.

Sept. 8: 48 boats with 134 anglers caught 18 chinook and 69 coho.

Sept. 9: 31 boats with 118 anglers caught one chinook and 40 coho.

Sept. 10: 29 boats with 67 anglers caught three chinook and 24 coho; one charter boat with nine anglers caught six coho.

Sept. 11: 17 boats with 34 anglers caught one chinook and six coho.

Sept. 12: Six boats with 15 anglers caught two chinook and three coho; one charter boat with 10 anglers caught five coho.

Sept. 13: 14 boats with 28 anglers caught three coho.

Sept. 14: 16 boats with 33 anglers caught four coho.

Sept. 15: 23 boats with 59 anglers caught 13 coho; one charter boats with 13 anglers caught five coho.

Sept. 16: 30 boats with 74 anglers caught 17 coho.

Sept. 17: 14 boats with 27 anglers caught three coho.

Sept. 18: Five boats with 11 anglers caught six coho.

Sept. 19: Five boats with 10 anglers caught five coho.

Sept. 20: No sampling.

Sept. 21: Four boats with 11 anglers caught three coho.

Sept. 22: 17 boats with 42 anglers caught 14 coho.

Sept. 23: 16 boats with 27 anglers caught 13 coho.

Sept. 24: One boat with two anglers caught no fish.

Sept. 25: Four boats with six anglers caught seven coho.

Sept. 26: One boat with two anglers caught no fish.

Sept. 27: Five boats with eight anglers caught six coho.

Sept. 28: Four boats with 10 anglers caught nine coho.

Sept. 29: 20 boats with 51 anglers caught 10 coho.

Sept. 30: Two boats with three anglers caught no fish.

Buoy 10 daily limit is six salmon of which two may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. Release all salmon other than chinook and hatchery coho.

(Photo by Mark Yuasa)

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