Oregon is getting ready for the upcoming summer run of silver salmon, also known as coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch), a plucky, feisty salmon that is not only great fun on the hook but also good eating.

As we discussed last time, you can catch silver salmon at the Buoy 10 fishery on the Columbia River. This year’s run is expected to be enormous, with over 1 million silver salmon reaching the Oregon coast and about 905,600 expected to enter the river.

About the Buoy 10 Fishery

The fishery itself is known as Buoy 10 after a shipping marker of the same name located at the entrance of the Columbia River.

The buoy may not be much to look at, but for anglers in Oregon, Washington State, and beyond, it conjures associations with an incredibly productive and famous salmon fishery, one of the best in the Lower 48 states.

Enjoying the Area

The whole area around Buoy 10 and up the river is characterized by great natural beauty. In addition to the ocean and the river, you can enjoy forests and mountains.

The fishery is near Astoria, and there are plenty of boat ramps, bait shops, places to stay, and places that sell pretty much anything else you might need to fish for silvers.

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The Fishing Experience

Silver salmon numbers are high this year, and the season is expected to last until October, or until the quota of 90,000 hatchery fish is reached.

The fish will congregate at the mouth of the river, near Buoy 10 itself, before making their way up the river to their spawning grounds farther up the Columbia.

Silver salmon are famously easy to spook, and just as famous for putting up a great fight on the line. Because of the challenges associated with finding silver salmon and getting them to bite, it’s a good idea to get a salmon guide for a fishing charter.

The experience of hooking a silver is thrilling, all the more because it takes a fair bit of time and effort to coax them into taking the bait or lure. Once they’re hooked, they fight with a fury that is widely recognized as impressive for their weight class.

In addition to being a great fishing experience, silver salmon are a wonderful eating experience. You can cook them much as you would any salmon, but here is one popular recipe involving flour and sautéing in oil.

Chartering A Guide

It’s a good idea to charter a guide for your silver salmon trip on the Columbia River.

Not only are silver salmon tricky to hook, the river itself is tricky to get the hang of when you’re not familiar with it: it’s very large, and it can be very difficult to figure out if the salmon aren’t biting because you haven’t been there long enough, or haven’t chosen the right bait or lure, or simply haven’t found them at all.

Booking a guide for a charter on the Columbia is your best bet for optimizing the odds of catching these memorable fish. It’s in your best interest to contact a guide as soon as possible, before they’re all booked for the season.

For more about how we can help you experience the joys of silver salmon fishing on the Columbia, please drop us a line.