8/17 UPDATE: Anglers at Buoy 10 had a good day Thursday with a bite right at dawn well upstream of the Astoria Bridge, then an excellent bite near the end of the ebb tide on the Washington side of Desdemona Sands off the church at Chinook.
Sampling by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife tallied 217 anglers with 112 chinook and 23 coho.
Reports also were encouraging on Friday, although catch numbers will not be available until Monday.
Fish deep, using 16 to 20 ounces, even 24 ounces at times. Spinners were producing chinook so it's not just a herring bite.
Chinook fishing should be turning on at Buoy 10 right now as some of the better tides of the season are under way. Anecdotal reports of very good catches have been coming in during the past two days.
Sampling on Monday at the Washington ports tallied 30 anglers with 12 chinook and two coho. There was no sampling on Tuesday.
Oregon-side sampling last week at Buoy 10 checked 1,928 anglers with 823 fall chinook and 25 hatchery coho kept plus 304 fall chinook and six coho released.
In the ocean, the catch average last week was 1.06 salmon per rod for the Columbia River ports, with coho being 70 percent of the catch. The coho quota is only at 37.3 percent, so no fear of running out of fish.
More chinook are showing up in the lower Columbia and the catch will keep improving. Steelhead make up the majority of the catch, but only 47 percent of the fish were fin-clipped last week.
Angler checks and related information from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:
Lower Columbia — Estuary, 19 Washington bank rods with two steelhead kept and two released; 49 boaters with 49 steelhead kept plus 45 steelhead and two jack chinook released. (WDFW)
Clatsop Spit, 18 bank rods with one fall chinook kept. (ODFW)
Cathlamet, 87 bank rods with six steelhead kept and 10 released; 41 boaters with nine steelhead kept plus 16 steelhead and one jack chinook released. (WDFW)
Westport, Ore. to Portland, 250 boaters with 22 adult chinook, one jack chinook and 14 steelhead kept plus one adult chinook and 10 steelhead released; 28 bank rods with no catch. (ODFW)
Longview, 292 boaters with six adult fall chinook and 53 steelhead kept plus 39 steelhead and one adult fall chinook released; 445 bank rods with two adult chinook and 48 steelhead kept plus 47 steelhead released; five boaters with five legal, one oversize and 21 sublegals released. (WDFW)
Cowlitz River mouth, 47 boaters with five adult chinook and one steelhead kept plus one steelhead and one jack chinook kept. (WDFW)
Kalama, 318 boaters with 13 adult chinook and 44 steelhead kept plus 46 steelhead, one adult chinook and one jack chinook released; 459 bank rods with 13 adult chinook and 50 steelhead kept plus 61 steelhead released; five boaters with nine legal and 24 sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)
Woodland, 411 bank rods with 64 steelhead and two adult chinook kept plus 52 steelhead and two jack chinook released; 209 boaters with 23 adult chinook and 13 steelhead kept plus 22 steelhead released. (WDFW)
Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 145 boaters with eight adult chinook, one jack chinook and four steelhead kept plus 11 steelhead released; 239 bank rods with 10 adult chinook and 24 steelhead kept plus 37 steelhead released. (WDFW)
Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, 44 bank rods with five steelhead kept and three released; 33 boaters with four steelhead kept and four released. (WDFW)
Troutdale, 160 boaters with six adult chinook and one steelhead kept plus four steelhead released; 10 boaters with six walleye kept. (ODFW)
Camas-Washougal, 55 boaters with nine steelhead kept and 10 released; 11 bank rods with one adult chinook and one steelhead kept plus three steelhead released; five boaters with two walleye kept and 12 released. (WDFW)
North Bonneville, 260 bank rods with five adult chinook and 62 steelhead kept plus two jack chinook and 100 steelhead released; five boaters with two steelhead released. (WDFW)
Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 16 boaters with one adult chinook and four steelhead kept plus one steelhead released; 89 Oregon bank rods with 15 steelhead kept and 15 steelhead released. (ODFW)
Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 23 boaters with eight steelhead kept and 31 released. (WDFW)
The Dalles pool, 10 boaters with one walleye kept; six boaters with four bass kept and 62 released; 37 boaters with 10 two steelhead kept and 10 released; 22 bank rods with three steelhead released; 14 boaters with two legal sturgeon and 59 sublegals released; 17 bank rods with two legal sturgeon kept plus three legal, one oversize and 39 sublegals released. (WDFW)
Cowlitz — Thirteen bank rods with one steelhead and two jack chinook kept plus five jack chinook released; 20 boaters with two steelhead kept. (WDFW)
Wind — Four boaters with four steelhead kept and six released. (WDFW)
Drano Lake — One-hundred-seventy-five boat rods with 21 adult chinook, four jack chinook and 76 steelhead kept plus 117 steelhead released. (WDFW)