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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 14, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Lower Columbia sturgeon fishery producing some legal sturgeon, but turnout is down

Here is an update on the Columbia River sturgeon fishery.

Through June 12, anglers have made 5,049 trips and kept 661 white sturgeon below the Wauna power lines.

For comparison, the catch through June 12 during 2010 and 2009 was 1,400 and 4,100 sturgeon, respectively.

The Catch Per Unit Effort of 0.12 fish per trip in 2011 is similar to the observed catch during the same time last year, but the effort is only about half of what it was.

In the Lower Columbia from the Wauna powerline downstream overall fishing is still slow though slightly improved in the Deep River area. Overall, private boat anglers averaged a legal kept/released per every 11 rods while charter boat anglers averaged one per every 11.5 rods. No catch was observed from the bank. If an angler catches a fish, there was about a 20% chance it would be a keeper.

Sturgeon effort is slowly increasing with nearly 200 boats observed of which 125 of those were found in the estuary last Saturday. In addition there were 14 charter boats.

In the Lower Columbia from the Navigation Marker 82 line to the Wauna powerlines state Fish and Wildlife did not sample any keepers last week.

In The Dalles Pool there was light effort and catch. Through May, an estimated 138 (46-percent) of the 300 fish guideline had been taken.

In the John Day Pool there was four boats with 10 anglers wbho released one sub-legal sturgeon (open for catch-and-release only).

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