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February 11, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Commercial sturgeon gill-netters in the Columbia catching more spring chinook than sturgeon

The Vancouver Columbian Newspaper reported this yesterday, which showed good numbers of spring chinook caught in the commercial sturgeon fishery.

Here is what the story said:

Gill-netters caught 62 spring chinook salmon and 15 sturgeon in their winter fishery on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

The Columbia River was open from Buoy 10 to Beacon Rock for four 24-hour periods in January and February for the commercial fleet to target on sturgeon with large-mesh nets.

According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the spring chinook caught this week averaged 20.1 pounds and the sturgeon averaged 29.7 pounds.

For the season, the commercials landed 75 spring chinook and 55 sturgeon.

Test fishing for spring chinook is expected to begin the third week of February. Timing and duration of a full-fleet fishing period will be determined after the test fishing results are reviewed.

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