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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 25, 2011 at 7:08 AM

Sturgeon fishing to remain open in Columbia River estuary and Bonneville Pool

Sturgeon anglers will get more days to fish in the Lower Columbia River estuary and Bonneville Pool.

Anglers will be allowed to catch and retain legal-size white sturgeon between the mouth of the Columbia River and the Wauna powerlines near Cathlamet through July 31, or until the harvest guideline is reached.

The fishery, which opened in May, was originally scheduled to close June 27, and then re-open for four more days of fishing from July 1-4.

The additional fishing days are designed to give anglers an opportunity to catch an estimated 5,570 sturgeon still available for harvest in the estuary, Brad James, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. The catch guideline for that area is 6,800 fish.

“We plan to meet again July 13 to review the catch data for the estuary,” James said. “If the catch is greater than expected, modifications to the fishery may be necessary.”

Anglers fishing the estuary have a daily catch limit of one white sturgeon, with a fork-length measurement of 41 inches to 54 inches. All green sturgeon must be released.

Anglers also will be allowed to catch and retain legal-size white sturgeon June 30-July 2 and July 7-9 from the Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam.

Anglers fishing the Bonneville Pool will have a daily catch limit of one white sturgeon, with a fork-length measurement of 38 inches to 54 inches.

An estimated 373 white sturgeon are still available for harvest in the Bonneville Pool sport fishery, James said. The guideline for that area is 2,000 white sturgeon.

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