Record breaking season predicted this year for Chinook and Silvers on the Columbia river (Buoy 10)!
The weather and currents are not for the unseasoned boater. The wind generally picks up in the afternoon, possible fog in the morning and tide changes that are very dramatic. If you plan on making it out to the number 10 buoy or into the ocean your boat must be in good working condition and 19 ft or bigger. This is were most of the fish will be caught. Most boats are going out and returning by 10 A.M with there limits.
If you have a smaller boat and would like to get in on the action make sure to stay close to an exit door. If you leave out of Hammond on the Oregon side try trolling the green marker cans from East to West on a out going tide and from West to East on the incoming tide. If your going out of Chinook on the Washington side try just above the Megler bridge or just below the Desdemona sands VHF radio or cell phone is a must even though there will be a lot of other boats out there.
Last Friday I was able to take my 13 year old daughter out and she hooked and landed her first salmon a very nice 18-20 pound Chinook. This is a great place to take someone for there first fish. Most days multiple strikes and hookups are the norm.
Good luck and hope to see you there!!!