The 2024 Buoy 10 salmon fishing season in the lower Columbia River between Oregon and Washington is almost here!

August is a great time to fish near Astoria from the mouth of the Columbia River and Buoy 10 all the way up to the Astoria-Megler Bridge. You can easily catch limits of salmon in a short time. People come from all over Oregon and Washington (and beyond) to fish here.

I love fishing at Buoy 10, and I look forward to it every year. My boat is moored in Hammond, Oregon, which is right near Buoy 10. I am lucky to have this opportunity and take full advantage of it. The fishing is always good, and I have had some great success over the years.

Buoy 10 Salmon Season

Both big fall Chinook (King) salmon and coho (silver) salmon are open for fishing.

As in past years, the 2024 Buoy 10 salmon fishery will open on August 1.

For most of the month (Aug. 1-29), we can keep two salmon per day, although only one may be a Chinook. This year, all Chinook must be fin-clipped, and as usual, coho must also be hatchery-marked.

There is a short window around Labor Day (Aug. 30-Sept. 3), when our Chinook don’t have to be hatchery marked. Coho still must be clipped.

Starting September 4 and continuing through October 31, we won’t be able to keep Chinook but we still can retain two hatchery silvers per day. (Most kings will have moved upriver by this time, but coho fishing can be hot during this time for some years.

There’s harvest allowed for both hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead in November and December, but by then the estuary’s excellent fall crabbing likely will be a much better bet for clients.



These happy clients enjoyed a hot morning bite on the Pacific Ocean west of Astoria. They caught their limit aboard the Marvin's Guide Service boat.

This photo shows happy clients holding their salmon catches aboard the Marvin’s Guide Service boat. They had a hot morning bite at Buoy 10

How to fish Buoy 10

When I fish for salmon in the lower Columbia River, I use 16 to 20 ounces of lead to get the bait down deep. I troll with the current, so sometimes I cover a lot of water in a short amount of time. You’ll know when you get a strike when you are trolling down a river because the fish will slam the rod tip into the water. Don’t miss out on Buoy 10 fishing in August if you want to put some fresh salmon in the freezer. The fishing season will open on August 1. learn more ahout how to fish Buoy 10 by clicking here

If you have a big catch, you can take it to Big Game Fishing at the Hammond Marina. They will clean, vacuum, and seal your catch for you. If you like, they will even ship it for you. Big Game Fishing is a licensed and insured facility that is open seven days a week.

Buoy 10 Fishing 2024: book your day

The prime dates always will up fast for Buoy 10, so don’t wait to book your trip with Marvin’s Guide Service! We offer a variety of fishing experiences, from a half-day trip to a full day on the water. Our experienced guides will help you catch a variety of fish, from salmon to steelhead to sturgeon. We also offer a variety of other fishing experiences, including trips to the Columbia River Gorge. Contact us today to book your adventure! Book here


Buoy 10 fishing 2024

I’m a fishing guide. The following pictures show my clients with their Chinook salmon catches at Buoy 10.


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