Early Buoy 10, Columbia Offshore Reports

Fresh stats for the famed Buoy 10 fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River show some Chinook and coho being caught there.

The tally for the first four days shows:

2 Date Number of Number of Chinook Coho Comments
13 Boats Anglers Kept Kept
14 1-Aug 11 22 4 0 Opening Day
15 2-Aug 20 43 6 4
16 3-Aug 21 49 5 5
17 4-Aug 52 155 15 13

Meanwhile, fishing the ocean side of the big river’s mouth, guide Terry Mulkey found some action yesterday:

(TERRY MULKEY)

(TERRY MULKEY)

An email from him to Buzz Ramsey reads:

“We fished the ocean today off the mouth of the Columbia, Aug 3rd. Fishing was very good with most of the action near the CR Buoy. We trolled Delta divers in combination with Big Al’s Fish Flash and herring. The best flasher color was UV Silver/Aurora Green Half & Half. The rod with that flasher just kept going off. All the fish were close to the surface. We had our line counter reels set at 12 and 16 feet.”

Today, Mulkey’s back inside the bar:

(TERRY MULKEY)

(TERRY MULKEY)

He reported to Buzz:

The attached photo is of myself and Kelly Kirwan with a nice up-river-bright Chinook we took off Youngs Bay today – Aug 5. The fat chinook went for the all-new 5-1/2 Mulkey Guide Flash spinner trolled in combination with a Big Al Fish Flash. That Aurora Green/Pearl UV Fish Flash remains my best flasher color by a wide margin. The fishing should only get better this week. The trolling off Youngs Bay was very good today with a bunch of new fish in the 20 to 30lb class being caught. Saw the Dust Pile kick out fish too – early in the tide. I’m off for 2 days to see my new grand baby . It should only get better this week.

To follow the reports from Buoy 10, see daily creel sampling stats here.

And here is the coastal salmon report from WDFW’s Wendy Beeghley for the last week of July:

Columbia Ocean Area (including Oregon): A total of 1,854 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery during the week ending July 28, landing 467 Chinook and 1,927 coho.  No pink were landed.  Through Sunday, July 28, a cumulative total of 3,059 Chinook (31% of the area guideline) and 8,432 coho (23% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

Westport: A total of 2,406 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery during the week ending July 28, landing 1,541 Chinook, 910 coho, and 308 pink.  Through Sunday, July 28, a cumulative total of 3,910 Chinook (17% of the area guideline) and 3,475 coho (13% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

La Push: A total of 194 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery during the week ending July 28, landing 263 Chinook, 87 coho, and 49 pink.  Through Sunday, July 28, a cumulative total of 758 Chinook (46% of the area guideline) and 495 coho (26% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

Neah Bay: A total of 1,572 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery during the week ending July 28, landing 565 Chinook, 556 coho, and 966 pink.  Through Sunday, July 28, a cumulative total of 3,605 Chinook (74% of the area guideline) and 3,316 coho (43% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

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