A fact sheet from Columbia River fishery managers out late this afternoon shows that for the first week of the Buoy 10 season, a total of 58 Chinook and two coho were kept while another 16 kings were released.
It’s early yet at the mouth of the big river, of course, and the better fishing is well above there, and for a different brand on the Oncorynchus label — steelhead.
Stats show that just under 3,000 summers were kept from the Rocky Point-Tongue Point line up to Bonneville while another 2,376 were released from August 1-7.
According to fisheries biologist Joe Hymer in Vancouver, over 40 percent of the action occurred up in the Gorge west of the dam.
Though the run started out slow, over the past two weeks, over 96,000 have gone over Bonneville, topping the 10-year average for that period by nearly 20,000 fish.
Another 151 kings were also retained in that water.
Anglers made an estimated 1,116 trips to the Buoy 10 salmon fishery, 14,265 to the combined salmon-steelhead fishery in the Lower Columbia.
Managers expect us to catch 10,950 kings and 7,000 coho at B10 and 20,730 Chinook and 1,000 coho from Astoria to the tailrace.