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2019 Astoria Fishing Season Forecast and Expectations

Predictions remain the same with dismal outlooks. From the sounds of things we are still suffering from our warm water blob that cursed us a few years back. We are anticipating this being our last season of low returning numbers.
Spring salmon is currently open starting on March 1 and slated to close on April 10th. This year there will not be a lower Columbia opener due to terrible returns to the Cowlitz. The portion of the Columbia that will be open for angling will have a lower deadline of Warrior Rock and an upper deadline of Beacon Rock. The bag limit will include two adult adipose fin-clipped salmon per day one of which can be a Chinook.
Next up, we will be focusing on sturgeon. Expecting a retention season sometime in May-June. Typically, we will get a retention quota or set amount of days. Usually reaching our quota before the days are fulfilled. Sturgeon openers offer a great opportunity at big fish and quality food value. Also, following our keeper season we will be running trips for catch and release. Our catch and release trips are considered some of the most exciting. It’s not uncommon to have big number catch days ranging into the 50-60 fish a day.
Historically, August is when we target our world class salmon fishery (Buoy10). Buoy10 opens August 1st. Our Chinook returns are barely a tick above last years. Although, this is supposedly our last season with poor Chinook returns. With that being said, last year the expectations were very poor and we still managed to get our limits most days. The good news is our Silver returns are way up from previous years. Expecting nearly one million Coho returning to the Columbia. This will offer our clients the greatest chance at a world class salmon fishing trip. Normally when we see strong returns we have no problem harvesting our bag limits and doing it in quick fashion.
As we march into a new fishing season we like to take this time to thank all of our returning clients and welcome aboard our new ones. We also like to remind everyone that safety is our number one concern and providing a quality fishing service with customer satisfaction is our goal.

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