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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 4, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Sturgeon catch and keep fishing coming to a close in sections of the Columbia River

The sport catch and keep sturgeon fishery will be closed between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River beginning June 6 through Dec. 31.

This includes the Columbia River, and tributaries from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam. The closure was necessary because fishery managers have determined catch guideline of 700 fish will be reached by June 5.

Catch and release of sturgeon is still allowed between Bonneville and McNary Day dams, except in the spawning sanctuaries, which are closed to all sturgeon fishing through July 31.

The Lower Columbia River remains open for sturgeon fishing, and anglers in the estuary report catches have improved of late with charter boats doing better than one legal-size fish for every three rods.

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