Columbia River mouth at Buoy-10 improving, and areas off Ilwaco good for kings and coho



Mark Yuasa‘s Reel Time Fishing Northwest report yesterday is optimistic:

It looks like salmon fishing has improved a bunch off Ilwaco in the ocean and at Buoy-10 at the Lower Columbia River mouth.

“We started at around 7:30 a.m. and were done by 11:30 a.m. (Wednesday, Aug. 17), and we hooked 10 kings and kept the three we wanted,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association in Seattle, who fished in the ocean off the surf line of Long Beach in 40 feet of water.

Floor says there are two groups of fish: The tule stock of chinook in the 15 pound class range, and the other third of kings between 20 and 25 pounds, and 10 to 12 pounds.

“The hardest part is trying to decide what to keep,” Floor said. “We also released two wild coho.”

In the past two days Floor has caught and or released 22 kings in two days.

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