Buoy 10 Fishing Charters
Hook’em Up Guide Service is your premier fishing charter and guide service for catching salmon and sturgeon at the famous Buoy 10 near Astoria, Oregon.
Everyhing You Need to Know About Fishing Buoy 10 in Astoria
Buoy 10 fishing charters are some of the most popular in the state of Oregon. From the begining of July until Labor Day, there is prime fishing for Coho and King salmon. It’s an amazing site to see hundreds of fishing vessels searching for salmon. It’s an interesting place to fish because the tides pushing water in and out of the inlet completely change the fishing activity. This is why is crucial that you hire an experienced guide that now only knows how and where to fish with the tides but also what lures and techniques will put you on the fish.
Buoy 10 Fishing
Coho Salmon Fishing (September-October)
Have you ever wondered to yourself what even Buoy 10 is? The Buoy is a shipping marker out at the mouth of River Columbia. It serves as an outbound deadline for anglers and Astoria fishing charters leading up to a no-fishing zone on the bar.
In real sense, fishing guides and Astoria, Oregon regulars know the Buoy 10 fishing zone to be the entire area that encompasses the Pacific Ocean right in front of the Columbia River and farther up and down the Ocean coastline about 5 miles in either direction.
The zone also includes the waters from the tongue point of the Columbia River on the east side of Astoria and outward to the Ocean, which is a 10 mile stretch. And the Columbia River’s mouth is approximately 5 miles wide, so you can imagine how huge of a fishery Astoria Buoy 10 actually is.
Coho salmon or silvers will enter and exit the mouth of river Columbia on their migration from the Pacific Ocean during tidal changes right before their final dash up the mighty river. Well over 50% of these Coho salmon are up river chrome monsters or brights heading for upstream Columbia River spots such as the Bonneville Dam, Hanford Reach, and the Snake River tributary. As far as Coho salmon angling goes in Astoria, Oregon, you can never go wrong with the Buoy 10 fishery.
King Salmon Fishing (March-October)
The East Mooring Basin on the East side of town in Astoria is likely to be one of the places where your Astoria Buoy 10 fishing charter will launch and boat towards the actual buoy. Just before King salmon begin their annual migratory run from the brackish Pacific Ocean to the upriver freshwaters of the Columbia River, they must acclimatize their bodies and gills for the transition.
As a result, the King salmon stage at Astoria Buoy 10 for several months and feed off of the bait fish and other sources of food while at the buoy. The large concentration of the chinook at Astoria Buoy 10 during the March-October fishing season makes the buoy the hottest King salmon fishing spot on the Columbia River and in the entirety of Oregon.
Buoy 10 is usually jam-packed with anglers at the peak of the King salmon season. It’s not uncommon to see hundreds of chinook fishers all in the water at the same time. The rush also means that most of the fishing season will entail half-day and full-day Astoria Buoy 10 charters.
Anglers hurry to catch the morning and afternoon tides in the fast and furious King salmon action. At the climax of the King salmon staging, you can easily land a double or triple hookup of these trophy fish and due to plenty of fish, you will most likely meet your King salmon fishing limit in record time.
Dungeness Crab Fishing (September-October)
The entire Oregon 300-mile coastline from north to south is endowed with lots of crabbing spots, including the various bays that dot the state. That means Astoria Buoy 10 and the Columbia River estuary make the cut as two of the best places to go crabbing and clamming in Oregon.
Spend a day on an Astoria Buoy 10 fishing charter and we guarantee that you’ll have the opportunity to grab yourself the minimum allowable limits of these succulent shellfish on the Buoy 10 fishery.
Red Rock crabs may a native shellfish in Oregon but it’s the Dungeness crabs that win the hearts of most local and visiting recreational crabbers in Astoria.
You’ll require a shellfish license which is different from an angling or fishing license to harvest crabs in Astoria and on the Columbia River estuary. It costs $10 for a local/Oregon resident adult’s shellfish license and also 10 bucks a piece for sport fishers aged between 12-17. Crabbing licenses are a bit more expensive for out of state crabbers.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife crabbing rules permit you to only have three open crab rings, lines, or closed pots while looking for Dungies in Buoy 10 or the banks of the Columbia River in the Astoria region.
Boaters can also set bait traps or drop crab pots in the low Astoria Buoy 10 management area and the inland ends of the surrounding jetties which are productive crabbing spots. But you should avoid the ends of the jetties due to rougher waters that could prove difficult to drop crabbing rings.
Don’t forget about crabbing at the docks. It’s not exactly the same as setting bait traps to catch crabs on the river banks or in the jetties. With dock crabbing you can place crabbing pots and rings at different locations–just make sure you keep a reasonable distance from other crabbers.