The height of the Buoy 10 king fishery at the Columbia River mouth is right now, and action has been so good that fisheries has decided to switch to hatchery-marked only beginning Friday, Aug. 23 through Sept. 1.
“Overall Oregon (Fish and Wildlife) has seen about half a chinook per rod for the season, but yesterday (Tuesday, Aug. 20) it dropped off a little bit,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.
Catch rates for chinook ramped up since the second week of August, which is earlier than usual, and on some days the catches have been up to 1,600 daily with lots of angler effort.
Fishery managers will meet again on Tuesday, Aug. 27 to review the catch and consider any necessary changes.
So beginning Friday, anglers may keep only chinook with a missing adipose fin or a missing left ventral fin. The daily limit is two salmon, and only one may be a king. Hatchery coho and steelhead may also be kept.