Follow us:

Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 5, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Lower Columbia River sturgeon fishery nearing catch guideline

The sturgeon fishery in the Lower Columbia River started off pretty good this fall, but in recent days has slid into a funk mainly due to the lousy weather.

“Effort went down (Thursday), and it has been really windy and blowing strong out of the east,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver.

State Fish and Wildlife fisheries managers will meet on Monday to discuss how much longer the sturgeon fishery will be able to stay open.

Through October, there have been an estimated 48,000 sturgeon angler trips on the mainstem Columbia from the Wauna power lines upstream to Bonneville Dam with 4,622 fish kept.

Through October, an estimated 96.3-percent of the 4,800 fish guideline for this area had been taken. An estimated 178 fish remain on this year’s guideline for this area.

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►