The Buoy-10 salmon fishery at the Lower Columbia River mouth started off strong on Saturday’s opener as more than 2.6 million chinook and coho are predicted to enter the Big-C.
Boat anglers averaged nearly a salmon kept per boat, and chinook comprised of more than 60 percent of the catch.
The preseason catch expectations at Buoy-10 is 45,700 chinook and 56,500 hatchery coho.
Here is the data by state Fish and Wildlife for the first three days of the fishery:
Aug. 1: 43 boats with 107 anglers caught 13 chinook and 15 hatchery coho.
Aug. 2: 46 boats with 118 anglers caught 31 chinook and 25 hatchery coho. Aerial flight survey showed 225 boats on the water at Buoy-10.
Aug. 3: 46 boats with 126 anglers caught 33 chinook and eight hatchery coho.