Nearly a million silver-sided king salmon will soon leave the ocean and swim up the Columbia River. It’s a huge run of salmon that’s hard for anglers to resist.

When the deck is stacked in your favor and you play your hand just right, the fishing game will often go just the way you like. We teamed up to troll for salmon where the river flows it’s widest: near Astoria where it is more than 5 miles from shore to shore. We motored along just upriver from fabled fishing landscape nicknamed “Buoy 10″ where each August, the ocean fresh salmon schools move through the river on each incoming tide.

When you’re on the water, tune into 1610 AM for the latest bar, weather and safety information from the US Coast Guard and the Oregon Marine Board. Updates are given every three hours.

For more information on purchasing an Oregon Angling License and locating an Oregon Fishing Guide.

About the Author: Grant McOmie

Grant McOmie is a Pacific Northwest broadcast journalist, teacher and author who writes and produces stories and special programs about the people, places, outdoor activities and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. A fifth generation Oregon native, Grant’s roots run deepest in the central Oregon region near Prineville and Redmond where his family continues to live.

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  1. Mike Collins says…

    Wow is that just luck or sheer skill that Buzz hooks both fish!

    Written on August 12th, 2011 / Flag this Comment

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