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.