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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 20, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Sturgeon fishing slow in the Lower Columbia, and state fisheries meeting set this week

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The latest word on sturgeon indicates that state Fish and Wildlife will have a Compact/Joint State hearing 1 p.m. Thursday, June 23 to discuss the recreational sturgeon fishery below Wauna (estuary area) and in Bonneville Pool.

In the Lower Columbia mainstem fishing was slow from the bank in the estuary as is for boat anglers launching from the Knappton and Deep River ramps.

Sturgeon fishing is still slow in the estuary. Overall, private boat anglers averaged a legal kept/released per every 11.3 rods while charter boat anglers averaged one per every 7.9 rods. No catch was observed from the bank. If an angler catches a fish, there was about a 20-percent chance it would be a keeper.

Above Wauna powerlines to Marker 82, state Fish and Wildlife sampled one legal kept in the Kalama area.

Sturgeon effort was 125 private boats and 15 charters with most of the fleet observed in the estuary during last Thursday’s (June 16) effort flight count.

The Dalles Pool – Light effort and catch.

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