The latest catch estimates from the Lower Columbia show a near-tie for Chinook this month between the Buoy 10 fishery and the 130 miles of river from just above Astoria to Bonneville Dam as the fall run begins to push in.
A total of 622 kings have been landed between the buoy that marks the mouth of the big river and the Rocky Point-Tongue Point line about 14 miles upstream, with 564 of those caught last week. The first week’s tally was 58.
Effort also ramped up there. Between Aug. 1-7, there were 1,049 angler trips while last week there were 3,662.
A total of 39 coho have been kept at Buoy 10 for the season as well.
All that according to a fact sheet put out this morning by the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife.
Managers expect us to catch 10,950 kings and 7,000 silvers there.
In the Columbia from east of Astoria to the dam, a total of 649 kings have been conked — as have 6,795 steelhead.
Angler effort there was 14,265 over the month’s first week, 14,213 in its second.
Managers model around 20,730 kings and 1,000 coho caught in this long stretch of the river.