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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 28, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Sturgeon fishing picks up in Lower Columbia estuary

Looks like sturgeon catches have turned on mainly in the Lower Columbia River mainstem from the Wauna powerlines downstream where state Fish and Wildlife checkers at the Deep River/Knappton ramps saw boat anglers averaged one legal-sized sturgeon kept per about every 4.5 rods.

Mainstem Columbia and its tributaries from Buoy 10 upstream to the Wauna powerlines (including all adjacent Washington tributaries) – White sturgeon may be retained daily through July 31. Daily limit is 1 fish. The minimum fork length is 41 inches and maximum fork length 54 inches. Catch-and-release fishing is permitted on non-retention days.

In the Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Navigation Marker 82 state Fish and Wildlife sampled a legal-sized sturgeon kept by a boat angler in the Camas/Washougal area and one in Vancouver.

In the area of Navigation Marker 82 downstream during the Saturday, June 25 effort flight count, 287 private boats and 13 charters were tallied with the majority of the fleet observed in the estuary.

Mainstem Columbia from Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam including all adjacent Washington tributaries – Sturgeon may be retained June 30-July 2 and July 7-July 9. The daily limit is 1 fish, minimum 38″ fork length and maximum 54″ fork length. Catch-and-release fishing is permitted on non-retention days.

In The Dalles Pool bank anglers were catching some fish.

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