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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 20, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Lower Columbia estuary sturgeon bite increases

State Fish and Wildlife reports that sturgeon fishing in the Lower Columbia River estuary has picked up.

Including fish released, private boat anglers averaged a legal per every 5.5 rods while charter boat anglers averaged just over 0.4 fish per rod.

Boat anglers also released a few green sturgeon. No legal size sturgeon were observed caught by bank anglers.

Overall, If an angler catches a white sturgeon, there was about a 30-percent chance it would be a keeper.

Port of Chinook/Ilwaco: 95 private boats with 264 anglers last week caught 42 sturgeon and released 105; 14 charter boats with 158 anglers caught 41 sturgeon and released 168.

Knappton/Deep River ramp: 61 boats with 175 anglers last week caught 32 sturgeon and released 85.

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