The Buoy 10 Fishery and the Columbia River
The Columbia River fishery is effectively defined by Buoy 10, at the mouth of the river in Astoria, Oregon. This is where the fish spend tide changes – and that means this is where the fish congregate.
We’re obviously fans of the river, but it’s not hard to see why. At 1,200 miles in length, it’s North America’s fourth largest river, and the visual spectacle of that much water on the move is impressive to say the least.
For many people, the scenic beauty of the river beyond Buoy 10 is also a huge draw: the whole area from the vicinity of Portland to Astoria is known for its snowcapped peaks, the green of its forests, and its rugged cliffsides. This is state and national park country every bit as much as it is salmon country.
Once you try it, you’re likely to find that the Columbia is one of those rivers you’ll find yourself needing to come back to again and again. It combines incredible natural beauty with some of the best opportunities to catch fish.
Fishing for Silver Salmon
The experience of fishing for Coho can be summarized as follows: a lot of careful effort to coax the fish into striking, followed by a furious fight.
If you’ve ever fished for Coho salmon, you know that they’re known, somewhat paradoxically, both for being easy to spook and for being aggressive on the line. This is where a good salmon fishing guide can come in handy: they’ll help you overcome the natural caution of this particular quarry with skillful use of baitfish, spinners, or jig lures.
It’s common for fishing to begin as early as mid-June, subject to ODFW regulations, and the fish will usually continue to run through the end of September. Of course, as we’ve seen, the season is usually much shorter than that.
Fortunately for you, this is also the time when the river is likely to have the most pleasant weather. The Columbia, like Oregon and Washington in general, tends to be cloudy, wet, and rainy much of the year, but you’re likely to encounter some sunshine during the summer.
This is another reason to plan ahead and charter a guide: with so many fish and summer weather, there will be a great deal of demand for guides, and spots will fill up quickly.
Once you have a fish on the line, you’re in for a fight. Hatchery Coho are about 4-6 pounds, but they’re aggressive and they’re great fighters for their weight class.
Additionally, Coho salmon are known to be excellent eating. One of the more popular ways to cook them is to slice the fish into cutlets, dust with flour, and sauté in either olive oil or walnut oil.
Fishing Charters for Coho on the Columbia
The experience of fishing for Coho can be a deeply rewarding one, particularly with the right guide. The fish are expected to be abundant this year, but they will still be Coho: easy to spook, reluctant to take the line.
Additionally, the Columbia River is a large river, and it takes a fair bit of time and experience to build up a sense of familiarity with it. This is where booking a salmon fishing charter can come in handy: the right guide can help you make the most of your trip.
Like we mentioned above, Coho season is right around the corner, and guides will start filling up fast. Don’t miss your chance to make the most of this salmon season.
To find out more about how you can beat the rush and make the most of this summer Coho season, please drop us a line.