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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 27, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Buoy-10 salmon fishery moving at a good pace heading into the final days where anglers may keep kings

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(Photo courtesy of Tony Floor of Olympia)

The Buoy-10 salmon fishery at the Lower Columbia River mouth continues to be productive at midweek with a 0.3 chinook per rod average and 0.3 on hatchery coho.

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. Through Aug,. 24, about 18,118 chinook and 15,000 have been caught and kept by anglers.

In the Lower Columbia above Buoy 10 to the Rocky Point-Tongue Point boundary line, it is open for chinook, hatchery coho and steelhead through Aug. 29 (only hatchery chinook may be kept from Aug. 30-Sept. 1). Daily limit is two salmon or two hatchery steelhead or one of each, and only one can be a chinook. From Sept. 2-30, the daily limit will increase to three adult hatchery coho, but no more than two hatchery steelhead.

The ocean off Ilwaco (Marine Catch Area 1) is open daily through Sept. 30. Anglers can keep up to one chinook as part of their two-salmon daily limit. Hatchery coho with a missing adipose fin may also be kept.

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.

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.

Aug. 18: No sampling conducted.

Aug. 19: 112 boats with 355 anglers caught 122 chinook and 68 hatchery coho.

Aug. 20: 59 boats with 156 anglers caught 45 chinook and 35 hatchery coho.

Aug. 21: 43 boats with 111 anglers caught 16 chinook and 16 hatchery coho.

Aug. 22: 44 boats with 131 anglers caught 41 chinook and 53 hatchery coho.

Aug. 23: 134 boats with 361 anglers caught 85 chinook and 120 hatchery coho.

Aug. 24: 87 boats with 235 anglers caught 71 chinook and 105 hatchery coho.

Aug. 25: 43 boats with 126 anglers caught nine chinook and 52 hatchery coho.

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