August is just around the corner; what does that mean, you ask? Salmon fishing! Fall Kings to be exact! Yes, it will be some of Oregon and Washington’s best salmon fishing on the Columbia River. We will be fishing King Salmon from Astoria, Oregon, west to the famous Buoy 10—the end of the Columbia. It is very common to get limits of salmon in August with the average salmon being 25 pounds or bigger.
Also the Columbia River gets a large run of Coho salmon, also known as Sliver salmon, running at the same time as the King Salmon. This makes for a river full of salmon and sometimes you’ll never know what you have at the end of the line.
We fish the lower Columbia River by trolling bait, usually herring, behind the boat. We point the boat with the current and let the bait out, where it spins to entice fish. We’ll be trolling with the current, so we have to move pretty quickly for the bait to move correctly. The nice part about this, though, is that the fish will be moving the other way. When they bite, you’ll know it! The rod will double over into the water and line will be screaming off the reel!
Right across from the boat ramp is Sturgeon Paul’s. Here you can have your fresh salmon vacuum packed and readied for the freezer.
If you are thinking about fishing in August at Astoria’s Buoy 10 area, book now before it is too late, this is a very popular fishery, and days fill up fast.

Buoy 10 King Salmon fishing

Buoy 10 King Salmon fishing

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