Fifteen boats loaded with 35 anglers came back sans salmon to three Washington boat ramps during yesterday’s Chinook and coho opener at the mouth of the Columbia.
It’s a not unexpected start to the fishery known as Buoy 10, which is expected to see over three quarters of a million Chinook and over a quarter million coho pass through this season.
Daily updates are posted here: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/buoy10/.
Data there shows that on last year’s opener, which fell on a Sunday, 37 boats and 105 anglers managed one Chinook.
On 2009’s opener 19 boats and 45 fishermen could only scratch up a single king.
All of 11 boats and 34 boats were checked on Aug. 1, 2008, and nobody brought any salmon back in.
Creel sampling from those previous Augusts show that catches peak from mid- to late August, with good coho fishing continuing into early September.
WDFW samples at the ports of Chinook and Ilwaco and the ramp at Fort Canby. The Buoy 10 fishery stretches from the actual 10th buoy up to the Rocky Point-Tongue Point line just upstream of Astoria.
Late in last August’s fishery, biologist Joe Hymer estimated that Buoy 10 would end up yielding around 7,000 kings and 7,200 silvers for the month.
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