Buoy 10 Fishing Guides

Boy holding a large salmon
Man holding a large salmon at buoy 10

Let our experienced Buoy 10 fishing guides show you the way 

Many may not know it, but tucked away near the town of Astoria is an exciting gem – Buoy 10!

Buoy 10 isn’t just a buoy, it’s an iconic marker of the entrance to Columbia River near Astoria Oregon. It proudly stands against churning waters and is your beacon when you’re looking for adventure! Fishing from the mouth of the Columbia at Buoy 10 upriver to Tongue Point, this is the first stretch of river that these fish enter, and they are dime bright, coming in on each day’s tides.

We intercept these big, powerful Chinook as they make their way through the channels and sand bars of the Lower Columbia River. Knowing where to be at each stage of the tide is crucial at this fishery. Our fishing guides are experts at reading the tide and knowing right where to be to stay on top of the hot bite.

The Fall Chinook run is the largest of the salmon runs in the Columbia River system, with recent runs hitting near the million fish mark. This makes for some awesome catching! Join our Buoy 10 Fishing Guides in August for the trip of a lifetime.

Come Join Us At Buoy 10 – You Won’t Regret it!

Fishermen rejoice – Whether you’re searching for Chinook, Coho or Crab, we got you covered.

While fishing for Chinook you can also catch Coho Salmon as well. These fish are smaller but eat just as well, some say even better than a Chinook. Coho will bite the same baits that we fish for Chinook. In recent years anglers have been able to retain 1 Chinook and 1 Coho OR 2 Cohos at this fishery.

Catching Crab near Buoy 10, what a treat!

In recent years our captains have been offering a crabbing add-on to their trips. With this option, we will take you to the north shore jetty where our crab pots soak 24/7. We like to think of this as a little bonus to your salmon trip and most guests opt-in! Our crew will clean your crab and once we hit the dock, we send them up to the dock-side cookers so you and your guests have fresh crab within an hour of stepping off our boats.

Our Amazing Fishing Guide Reviews

Based on 93 reviews
Kimberly Kempton
Kimberly Kempton
January 27, 2023
I had the best time steelhead fishing on the Clearwater with Captain Jim from Reel Time Fishing. He put us on the fish and we were able to bring in all that we caught. He was very professional and accommodating in every way. He made us a great hot lunch each day. We back trolled and side drifted and had so much fun bringing in all those beautiful fish. We stayed at the Lenore Lodge which was 3 mins from the launch. The lodge had 10 beds and an awesome game room. It was very clean and comfortable. I do suggest Reel Time Fishing for an epic trip and I will definitely return for more fishing.
January 27, 2023
Just spent the last two days fishing with Jim our guide- fantastic time!!! I have caught in the neighbourhood of 40 steelhead in my life time and I caught the two biggest on this trip 37” 14lbs- perfect boat great equipment- we also stayed at the lodge in Lenore perfect
Michael Pickren
Michael Pickren
October 18, 2022
I highly recommend Jeff at Real Time Guides who put us on some outstanding fish both days we were here.
Ashleigh Schultz
Ashleigh Schultz
October 10, 2022
Great time with Jim Carter, Again! fantastic day on the river!
Larry Meier
Larry Meier
September 27, 2022
They treat you well and provide alot and share secret spots
Ken Gutowski
Ken Gutowski
September 20, 2022
Great trip,Travis worked super hard to get our salmon!
Jason Person
Jason Person
August 27, 2022
We fished a half day for Sturgeon with Jeff and had a great trip. Caught 3 Sturgeon and one was really nice (7'6"). Boat and equipment were top notch. Definitely would book with Reel Time again. Don't be afraid to book with them, the price is right and the guides know what they are doing. Thanks for the great trip.
Monica Jaeger
Monica Jaeger
July 15, 2022
Had an amazing time with Shane! Very experienced and knew exactly where to go. Well worth the time and money. If we lived closer we would book again!
Colton Malone
Colton Malone
June 16, 2022
Great time with great people! The Clearwater was high and supposedly blown out but our guide, Jeff, still put us on some great fish and we tagged out in 3 hours! Definitely coming back.

Buoy 10 Fishing and Enjoy the Scenery

Get Hooked on the Best Fishing Around

If you’re looking for some of the best salmon fishing in the Pacific Northwest, Buoy 10 should definitely be on your list. The annual salmon run at the mouth of the Columbia River draws anglers from all over Washington, Idaho, and Oregon and for good reason.

Not only is the scenery near Buoy 10 stunning, but the Salmon fishing can be extremely rewarding. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time angler, there are plenty of opportunities to catch Chinook and coho Salmon, as well as steelhead. Plus, with so many other outdoor activities near Astoria Oregon you can easily turn your fishing trip into a full-fledged adventure.

Buoy 10 Salmon Fishing is Expected to Good this Year

Buoy 10 + Reel Time = Trophy Time

This stretch of water at the mouth of the mighty Columbia River has become legendary for the number and size of the Chinook and Coho Salmon that pass through here. The Columbia River flows past rugged cliffs, lush forests, and endless stretches of beach, making it the perfect backdrop for a day out on the water. At Reel Time Fishing we will help you catch a monster salmon, then you’ll have a story to tell for years to come.

Buoy 10 Fishing Guides that Exceed Your Expectations

Catch More and Bigger Fish with Reel Time Fishing

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with Reel Time Fishing, the premier Buoy 10 fishing charter service in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Join Toby Wyatt — a lifelong nature enthusiast and passionate salmon fisherman since childhood days spent by his father’s side. Now, for your own customized angling experience, Toby and his fishing guides will help you success against these mighty game fish, get ready for the catch of a lifetime!

Buoy 10 Fishing report at the Columbia River

Get Our Insider Report and Catch More Salmon!

Exciting news from Astoria regarding Buoy 10 Salmon! Early predictions point to a bumper harvest this season, with the potential for outstanding catches. With optimistic indications already emerging, it looks like anglers can look forward to excellent fishing opportunities in 2023. The spring salmon run is already underway, and numbers are definitely up and we are expecting the same for Buoy 10 this year.


Frequently Asked Questions about our fishing trips


The legal max boatload is six anglers, but with six full time guides available we are able to accommodate large groups of more than six people.


We do provide a BBQ lunch and drinks on all Clearwater, Snake, and Dworshak trips. Lunch and drinks ARE NOT provided on any of our Columbia River or Grande Ronde river trips.


Look forward to at least 8 hours of fishing unless you book a half day trip, then look forward to 4 hours of fishing


Yes, each guide is fully equipped with top-notch rods, reels and bait to ensure success on your trip.


We require a 50% deposit at the time of booking, final payment must be made in full 10 days prior to your trip. We do not offer refunds for cancellations or head-count changes made inside 10 days of your trip.


Yes, all of our guides will clean and fillet your catch unless otherwise specified.