Buoy 10 / Astoria Fishing Report.

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Buoy 10 Salmon

Buoy 10 / Astoria Fishing Report.

We had another great day down here on the Columbia River out of Astoria, Oregon today. The bite was not quite as red hot as yesterday,  but we still managed to come in with a nice pile of fish.

We started our day above the bridge on the Washington side. This bite was not as good as the past few days, but we managed to get a few bites and put one nice fish and a shaker in the net. We found our best bite as the outgoing tide went slack down around the Church hole. This was a short lived bite, but we managed to have a very busy hour. The guys had to get back so we called it an early day.

I still have some openings for 2 people on the 30th, and 31st. That’s Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. These are my last open dates before I call it a season for 2016 at Buoy 10.

We still have openings for Hanford Reach Fall Chinook near the Tri cities, Washington. This is a great fishery with a 3 adult Chinook Limit.  This is a great September and early October fishery.   Click the following link for more information   Hanford Reach Fall Chinook20160823_132905.jpg

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Buoy 10 Salmon

Buoy 10 fishing Report

Fishing has really picked up the past two days down here in Astoria fishing on the Columbia River. Today was especially good. We managed to put double digit numbers into the net today and with the upcoming tides this week should see lights out fishing.  I have 2 seats open for fishing on Wednesday 8/24 and 2 seats open on the 30th and 31st. These are my last available dates for fishing down here at Buoy 10 for the 2016 season. Our next stop is the Hanford Reach starting the 15th of September, and bg the looks of things it will be a fantastic year in Eastern Washington on the Columbia River. 20160822_142101

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Buoy 10 Salmon

Buoy 10 Fishing Report

This report is for the past two days, as we had a very long day in on the water yesterday. Fishing over the weekend has been tough for most boats. Some people found decent succes, but for most it was a grind. On Saturday we had a real grinder of a day. For three customers we only landed two chinook, and it took us until 6pm to make that happen.  There were plenty of fish to be caught, but they just did not seem to want to play.

Today was a much better day. We were able to limit out on our hatchery Chinook. We ended up with three nice keepers. We did not get a lot of bites, but we really made them count and we were very fortunate to find hatchery fish as our biters. Today we fished all over the place and never really had a consistent bite anywhere, but we got fish almost everywhere we fished. Our fish today came on both anchovies and herring pulled behind shortbus and Fish flash flashers.

Judging by the action today I really expect this next week to fish well. There are a lot of fish around and the bigger tides we have coming this week should push a bunch of fresh fish into the river. This fishery is a great one and we all have our ups and downs, but by fishing hard and using all the information in front of us we are usually able to get our gear in front of some biters.

We still have some openings! August 17th for up to 4 people, 18th -19th we have 2 seats open, 24th we have 2 seats open, and we have the 30th and 31st open for up to 4 people.

Also don’t forget to get your Hanford Reach fall chinook dates booked. It’s going to be another fantastic year in the “reach” and now is the time to get your dates lined up.

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Buoy 10 Salmon

Buoy 10 Fishing Report

Today was another great day out on the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon. We had to work hard for our fish today and we ended up one shy of a limit, but the fish that we did get were fantastic fish. We bonked a 28 and 24 pound fish today.

The bite never really materialized for us today, but we got our fish from the church hole and picked up some on the Washington side of the river above the bridge. Also all our fish were caught on herring today, which is a change from the past few days.

We still have some great dates open. August 15th,17th, 30th, and 31st are still open for up to 4 people, and we have seats open the 16th, 18th, 19th, and 24th. Get in touch with us or book online by clicking on the book now button on our homepage. 20160812_124317


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Buoy 10 Salmon

Buoy 10 fishing Report

We had another fantastic day on the Columbia River out of Astoria, Oregon today. We had four customers on the boat and we landed a total of 5 chinook and lost a few more than that.

We started our day fishing above the bridge on the Oregon side and the bite was decent, but not as good as yesterday.  We picked up a few fish here before moving up above Tounge Point. The Tounge Point bite never materialized today as it had yesterday. At about 11 am we moved over to the Washington bank at the ship and got into a decent bite at the tide change.

All in all we had a great day on the water and our customers ended up taking home all of their chinook. We still have some openings down here so give us a call at 208-861-0654 and let’s get you set up for a Buoy 10 fishing trip.


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Buoy 10 Fishing Report

Fishing out of Astoria, Oregon was fantastic again today. We started on the Oregon side just above the bridge and found ourselves in a wide open bite. I had two customers today and we had 10+ bites in the first hour and a half. We killed two very nice Chinook and culled through a few smaller fish trying to get one big one to round out our boat limit of Chinook.

After our first few hours the fishing slowed down for us and we landed one more nice Chinook that we also decided to send back in search of just one big fish. We ended our day without finding a third fish that we wanted to end our day on, but all in all it was an absolutely fantastic day of fishing.

I still have some openings I have August 15th, 17th, 21st, 30th, and 31st open for 4 seats, and the 16th, 18th, 19th, 24th open for 2 seats. Please check go to the book now button on out home page or give us a call or text at 208-861-0654 and let’s get you a seat booked for this fantastic fishery!  20160810_144455.jpg

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Buoy 10 fishing Report

Today was our first actual guide trip of our 2016 Buoy 10 season.  Overall fishing was good today. We started our day fishing above the bridge on the Washington side of the river, and got into a decent bite at the start of the outgoing tide.  After one fish landed and a few other missed opportunities we kind of hit a dry spell. We did some searching and had a few bites here and there, but just could not really get any thing to go until just after low slack.  Just as the tide was starting to push in we found ourselves in the middle of a great bite again on the Washington side of the river above the bridge.  We finished our day going 5-8 with some great salmon heading home with our customers.

For anyone who is interested in fishing this Buoy 10 seasonwe still have some great openings.   We have August the 15th, 17th, 21st, 30th, and 31st open for up to 4 people, and the 16th, 18th, 19th, and 24th open for 2 people to join in a boat.

Click on the Book online button on our home page to book your next trip with us or give us a call at 208-861-0654.




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Hanford Reach Fall Chinook

How to rig a Superbait and Leo Flasher

Its no secret that over the last few years Brad’s Superbaits, both the Original Series and the Cut Plug have become a very integral part of the Northwest salmon fishing scene.  This has come as no surprise to many of the anglers that have been fishing these lures on the Columbia River east of the Cascades since they were invented.  The reason Superbaits have become so popular is that they are extremely effective in almost any salmon fishing application.  I have used them with great success in every salmon troll fishery from Astoria to Brewster.  Over the past few years I have come to realize that anywhere a herring is effective a Superbait will also catch fish, and often out fish herring.  With unlimited color options and the ability to always be fishing (a Superbait never blows out or gets ripped off), combined with great action and proven in a wide range of water temperatures and run timings, if you are not fishing Superbaits you are missing the opportunity at more fish.

In the last year one of the most exciting developments in this style of fishing has been the introduction of the LEO Flasher by.  The Leo Flasher is a game changer because one of its great features and selling points is that it functions as BOTH  an inline flasher, and as a rotating flasher eliminating the need to purchase flashers that only do one or the other.  The other great thing about this flasher is that it will perform the rotating flasher role at a slower speed than other leading flashers.  This translates into being able to use the flasher in more situations.  One area I found this to be true was the anchor fishery in the Clarkston area of the Snake River for Spring Chinook.  Here we did not have quite enough current to be able to keep our herring spinning utilizing a traditional inline flasher, but when I decided to try the LEO its ability to complete its rotation at a slow current speed imparted enough action on my herring that I was able to get the spin and action needed to catch fish.  As a full time fishing guide with guiding as my sole income to provide for my family I am always on the lookout for products that help me put fish in the boat on a day to day basis throughout the season.  Brad’s Superbaits and LEO Flashers are two products that help me to accomplish this goal, and you will see them in my boat everyday.

Below you will find a detailed description on how I rig my Superbaits and LEO Flashers for Trolling.

Mainline: 50# Power Pro braided line 

Lead: 6-20 oz cannon ball sinkers connected on a slider with a 6 inch section of .035 spinner wire in between the slider and the lead.  The purpose of this is to help eliminate tangles between the flasher lead and the cannon ball, and also helps the user feel for the bottom when trying to fish in areas where we are keeping our gear just off the bottom.

Flasher Lead: 24 inches of 50# Berkley Big Game (use a different color than your leader to help identify which is which when a tangle does occur)

Leader: 36-44 Inches of  40# Berkley Big Game

Hooks: #2 Gamakatsu 2x strong treble hook followed by 2 #2/0 Gamakatsu Octopus hooks tied an inch apart 4 inches behind the treble hook.  Set the treble hook so it rides inside the hook garage of the Superbait and the two singles riding just behind the Superbait.

To Watch a video on how we set up this system please check out How to Rig a Super Bait and Flasher Video!

I almost always stuff my Superbaits with Tuna.  For information on how I do up my tuna Concoctions click HERE.


how to rig a superbait and flasher

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How to Prepare Canned Tuna for Salmon Fishing

Many salmon anglers have come to realize the effectiveness of canned tuna as a bait source for salmon fishing.  Canned tuna, especially packed in oil, has many uses as a salmon bait.  It is often wrapped in mesh to form tuna balls, wrapped onto plugs, stuffed in Super Baits, or added to eggs as a flavor enhancer, and because canned tuna is sold in every grocery store and is transported with no refrigeration needed it is an extremely versatile and cost effective bait.  While basic tuna taken directly from the can has, and continues to be, the most used variation of the bait there are a some things we can do to make our tuna fish even better.

Myself and many other anglers throughout the northwest have discovered that there are often extra things we can do to our tuna to make it fish even better than taking it directly out of the can.  The end result is what we often call Tuna Concoctions, or mixes of scents, cures, salts, and a few other key ingredients that takes that old boring canned tuna and turns it into a very dynamic bait that can be tailored to any salmon fishing situation presented.

The following steps are just a simple version that some would consider just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to development of tuna concoctions.  The information provided here is presented in a way that might open up your mind to many possible ways to improve you salmon fishing success with the use of canned tuna.


Tuna (packed in Oil)

Salt (non iodized)

Super Dipping Sauce ( My Favorite )

Measuring Spoons

Container with a lid

Can opener 


Step 1:

Open the can of tuna and drain off the oil.



Step 2:

Add tuna to container (preferably one with a lid)



Step 3:

Add salt to your tuna. The amount varies depending on time of year and where the fish are in the system.  As a general rule of thumb for Chinook it seems that the farther you get from the ocean and the warmer the water the more salt the fish crave, I often add anywhere from a tablespoon to a half a cup per can of tuna.



Step 4:

Add scents and additives to this mixture.  A must have line of scents for me are Super Dipping Sauce scents by Money Maker Fishing.  I add a table spoon of each scent I want to use to per each can of tuna.  My all time favorite is the Garlic Super Dipping Sauce.







Step 5:

Refrigerate overnight or place on ice.  Give this mixture time to set up and really let the scents and salts get into the tuna.  The next morning your tuna concoction will be ready to fish!


As you can see this is a very easy and quick process that will give your tuna an extra kick.  The sky is the limit as far as what can be added to this mixture.  Always be experimenting because you never know when you might stumble upon the cant miss recipe that fills your boat with limits.

Look for blogs in the near future that discuss how to wrap tuna on plugs, rig tuna balls, stuff / rig Super Baits, and other creative ways to fish this versatile bait.

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How to Brine Herring for Salmon Fishing

With Columbia River Spring Chinook fishing right around the corner I wanted to cover a topic of discussion that often comes up on my boat. Many people ask “How do you brine your bait for Spring Chinook”. Below I have outlined my simple process for turning my frozen herring into fish catching machines. Keep in mind that I use a very simple approach that gives me consistent success day in day out.

Rock Salt
Bottled Water
Various scents (optional)
Dye (optional)

How to Brine Herring

Step 1:
The first step is buying quality herring and prepping it for the brine. Make sure to buy quality herring! By quality I mean packages that are blood free, have clear eyes, and have most scales intact. One of the biggest mistakes people make is trying to brine up bait that is of sub-par quality. Always remember that it takes good bait to make good bait. Don’t fish crappy bait!
After removing the package from the freezer it is best to cut one side of the package open to let air in. This removes the vacuum seal and will ensure that as your herring are beginning to thaw the packaging does not pull any of the scales off.
Make sure at this point to let the herring thaw until they are able to be removed from the package without having to pull them off the Styrofoam tray.

How to Brine Herring

Step 2:
While your packages of Herring are continuing to thaw it is now time to make your brine. This is a very simple brine that contains only two ingredients, Rock Salt and bottled water. Combine one bottle (16.9 oz) of water to 1 cup rock salt. At this point you can now add any optional scents or dyes to the brine. For Spring Chinook I often will add a very small amount of Blue Bad AZZ bait dye from Pro Cure. For some reason at times these fish seem to really crave the slight blue tint.

How to Brine Herring

Step 3:
Carefully remove the herring from the package and add to your brine. Now put the brining herring into your cooler and keep on ice. This bait is best fished 8-48 hours from when first put in the brine, so brine your bait the afternoon before you are planning on fishing, but don’t worry if you start the process too late I have fished these baits after only sitting in the brine for a few hours and they fished fine, and got better as the day went on. Just always remember to keep your bait nice and cold while on the water!

How to Brine Herring

How to Brine Herring

How to Brine Herring

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