Anglers are primed to land plenty of fall chinook at the mouth of the Columbia River now that the Buoy 10 fishery is opened. The fishery opened Wednesday and runs through Sept. 3.
A large run of 655,000 fall chinook is expected to return to the river this year. Fishery managers expect recreational anglers will catch about 14,000 of those fish by Labor Day. Most of those will be caught between Buoy 10 near the mouth of the river and Rocky Point, 16 miles upstream.
Anglers fishing at Buoy 10 may also keep marked, hatchery-reared coho salmon or steelhead as part of their two-fish daily catch limit.
“Buoy 10 is a very popular fishery, drawing tens of thousands of anglers every year,” Joe Hymer, a fish biologist for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in a statement. “Fishing tends to start out slow, then accelerates quickly through the month of August.”Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, firstname.lastname@example.org