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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 20, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Buoy-10 salmon fishery living up to excellent expectations

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The Buoy-10 salmon fishery at the Lower Columbia River mouth continues to be the hot bed of action, and if the bite is slow in the river head out into the ocean where a wall of salmon are being caught.

More than 2.6 million chinook and coho are predicted to enter the Big-C, and 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 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.

Aug. 4: 53 boats with 138 anglers caught 31 chinook and five hatchery coho; one charter boat with five anglers caught no fish.

Aug. 5: No sampling conducted.

Aug. 6: 30 boats with 75 anglers caught 22 chinook.

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Aug. 7: 48 boats with 119 anglers caught 20 chinook and 16 hatchery coho.

Aug. 8:  Five boats with 11 anglers caught two chinook and eight hatchery coho.

Aug, 9: 90 boats with 254 anglers caught 33 chinook and 90 hatchery coho.

Aug. 10: 97 boats with 283 anglers caught 26 chinook and 173 hatchery coho.

Aug. 11: 87 boats with 216 anglers caught 34 chinook and 115 hatchery coho.

Aug. 12: 45 boats with 112 anglers caught 10 chinook and 19 hatchery coho.

Aug. 13: no sampling conducted.

Aug. 14: 98 boats with 259 anglers caught 52 chinook and nine hatchery coho.

Aug. 15: 85 boats with 252 anglers caught 79 chinook and 30 hatchery coho.

Aug. 16: 120 boats with 370 anglers caught 139 chinook and 59 hatchery coho.

Aug. 17: 136 boats with 371 anglers caught 99 chinook and 62 hatchery coho; two charter boats with 22 anglers caught no fish.

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