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Buoy 10 Opens

Posted on 1st August 2014 at 08:51

The bedlam at the mouth of the Columbia River that is the Buoy 10 salmon fishery opens today, and the prospects for anglers are extremely high. Fishery managers are projecting as many as 1-point-5 million fall Chinook to be entering the river this fall, along with 638 thousand Coho. “Buoy 10” refers to the lower 16 miles of the river, going from the red Buoy 10 at the river’s mouth, upstream to the Tongue Point-Rocky Point line between Oregon and Washington. The season is open from this morning to September 1st, with a two-fish daily bag limit. Only one of those two fish can be a Chinook, but through the 29th of this month, ALL Chinook can be kept. Only fin-clipped Coho can be retained. August 30th, 31st, and September 1st, Chinook also have to be fin-clipped. From September 2nd to the 30th, only fin-clipped Coho can be kept. It’s also possible those bag limits can be changed. The Coast Guard and other marine patrols will also be out during “Operation Make Way,” insuring that anglers are not anchoring in the shipping channel, and that they have all of the proper safety equipment.