Big crowds expected to turn Buoy 10 into Zooy 10

If you want to know why local anglers often refer to Buoy 10 on the Columbia River as Zooy 10, this is a good weekend to find out.

“There are lots and lots of people,” said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. ”It is intense. It is a great fishery.”

Chamberlain said the Buoy 10 area started heating up Tuesday and he’s heard nothing but good reports from customers.

One said he had 11 chinook on his line over the course of the day. Another caught several large chinook and caught a couple coho. too.

As of Wednesday, anglers have caught 16 percent of the chinook allocation since the season opener Aug. 1. An estimated 12,900 anglers have caught 1,950 chinook and 800 coho (7 percent of the allocation). The fishery is scheduled to be open for chinook retention through Aug. 31, while coho and hatchery steelhead retention is scheduled to remain open throughout the fall season.

“The reports are nothing short of outstanding,” Chamberlain said. “It is the hottest area right now.”

But it’s not the only good fishing.

“There are lots of good opportunities out there right now,” Chamberlain said.


American: Trout fishing has picked up of late for those hitting the lake in the morning and evening. Mike Barr of Bill’s Boathouse said two anglers landed kokanee off the boathouse dock last weekend.

Spanaway: Head to the south end of the lake and use worms for a good chance at catching rainbow or brown trout. Morning and evening are the best times. From the shoreline, worms and bobbers are the best way to catch perch and rock bass, said Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Park Boat House.

Mayfield: Use Power Bait and worms from the bank for your best chance at catching fish.

Kapowsin: The bite has been best for perch and largemouth bass, said D.J. Erickson at Erickson Boat Rentals. The trout are holding deep and have been slow to bite because of warm water temperatures.

Washington: Perch fishing has been outstanding and is expected to remain good into November. “It’s a great place to take the kids and catch a bunch of fish,” Chamberlain said. Use worms at a depth of 10-20 feet on the edge of the weed beds.

Chelan: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service suggests fishing for chinook with plug cut bait behind a big hot spot flasher. The best action has been near Mack Bar in the morning. For trout fishing use a Kingfisher Lite spoon off the downrigger and purple glow F7 flatfish off the outriggers, Jones said.


Puyallup: Fishing has been poor of late and visibility is very low. The river will be closed to fishing Sunday from the 11th Street Bridge to Puyallup. The section of river will also be closed Aug. 29-30, Sept. 5-7 and Sept. 12-14.

Lewis: There are some steelhead to be had here.

White Salmon: Anglers are catching steelhead from boats and the bank.

Kalama: Wayne Orzel of Pritchard’s Western Angler recommends using a tiny orange opaque bead and deer hair.

Columbia: In addition to the action at Buoy 10, anglers are catching steelhead below the Bonneville Dam but action is starting to slow. The Bonneville Pool and Dalles Pool are yielding fish. Drano Lake is a good place to try for steelhead.

Cowlitz: The staff at Fish Country Inc. in Ethel recommends heading to Barrier Dam for chinook. Boat anglers are having the most success. If you fish from the bank, use corky and yarn, sand shrimp or jig and bobber.

Skykomish: “The fishing is nothing to write home about,” Chamberlain said.


Tacoma: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reports that fishing is solid and anglers are consistently making catches. King salmon are there at times each day. The staff recommends using a flasher and hoochie and fishing in front of the boat house, in Dalco Passage or near the clay banks.

Crabbing has also been good in the area.

South Sound: Check out Devil’s Head and Fish Trap where jigging and trolling with artificial squid and spoons is working for most anglers. Zittel’s Johnson Point Marina also recommends fishing between Ketron Island and the mainland.

North Sound: There are still a good number of King salmon to be had although the number of catches is starting to decline. The ocean coho are starting to show up, Chamberlain said, “but not in numbers good enough to target. It’s more of a secondary catch right now.”

Neah Bay: Not a bad place to try for chinook and coho.

Craig Hill: 253-597-8497