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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 17, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Lower Columbia estuary sturgeon fishery extended until Aug. 1

After a slow start the Lower Columbia River estuary sturgeon fishery will remain open daily through Aug. 1.

Sportsmen have caught about 3,900 sturgeon through July 11 with a catch guideline of 9,600.

Anglers are expected to catch 1,500 to 2,700 sturgeon in the 18 extra days, and fisheries officials will meet on July 29 to see if more dates are available to fish beyond Aug. 1.

“Both the catch and the number of anglers fishing the estuary have fallen short of expectations this the season,” said Brad James, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

The area affected by the states’ action extends from the mouth of the Columbia upriver to the Wauna power lines near Cathlamet.

As during the regular season, the daily catch limit is one white sturgeon, with a fork-length measurement of 41 inches to 54 inches. All green sturgeon must be released.

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