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February 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Bonneville Pool in the Columbia River will close feb. 18 for sturgeon retention

The sturgeon catch and keep fishery in the Columbia River’s Bonneville Pool will close starting Feb. 18.

Through Sunday, 831 sturgeon had been kept in the fishery under a catch guideline of 2,000 sturgeon with about 1,100 expected to be caught by Feb. 17.

The 900 fish left in the guideline will be left for three two-day seasons beginning in mid-June.

The sturgeon fishery started off strong when it opened Jan. 1 in Bonneville Pool, but had slowed down dramatically of late due to snow and bad weather.

Catch and release fishing for sturgeon will remain open in Bonneville Pool.

Sturgeon catches in The Dalles Pool and John Day Pool remain slow, and at this point there is no immediate concern to close either fishery. Last year, the John Day sturgeon catch and keep fishery closed on April 10, and The Dalles closed July 30.

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