Last Day For B10 King Retention

Rumor in our boat yesterday at the Buoy 10 fishery was with the king catch well below the quota, there was a chance state fishery managers would extend Chinook retention into September, but word out of Vancouver, Olympia and Salem is that that will be a no go.

Today remains the last day you can keep kings from the actual Buoy 10 up to the Tongue Point/Rocky Point Line just upstream of Astoria.

ODFW explains: “Although the total Chinook catch was well below expectations, the allowable catch of wild tule Chinook, which are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, has already been exceeded.  Given that, extending the Chinook fishery at Buoy 10 may have resulted in less recreational fishing upstream of Tongue Point.”

You can continue to keep Chinook from the Rocky Point-Tongue Point line up to, basically, the mouth of the Lewis through Sept. 11, and above there to Bonneville, through the end of the year.

Fishing B10 yesterday, we marked tons of fish alongside Rice Island, upstream of the line, and lost one king there.

Through today, for the month of August, anglers are expected to have caught 6,959 Chinook, or 55 percent of the guideline, and 7,188 coho, or 61 percent of the allocation in the Buoy 10 fishery.

The hatchery coho fishery continues through the end of September, as scheduled.

TANJA SIVLEY CAUGHT THIS COHO ON AUG. 21 CASTING SPINNERS CASTING SPINNERS OFF THE BEACH AT HAMMOND, ORE., NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE COLUMBIA. HATCHERY COHO RETENTION CONTINUES THROUGH SEPTEMBER IN THIS AREA. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

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