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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 8, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Sturgeon catch in the Lower Columbia for February was the largest since 2004, plus spring chinook catch update

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Here is an update on the Lower Columbia River sport fisheries:

Salmon

Last month nearly 8,200 angler trips produced an estimated 37 spring chinook kept and 23 released. In addition, an estimated 105 steelhead were kept and 60 released.

Prior to the run update, allocation of upriver fish including release mortalities for non-Indian fisheries will be 12,700 fish for the recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam.

In Feb. 2011, nearly 5,600 angler trips produced 280 chinook kept and 43 released.

Sturgeon

Last month almost 2,900 angler trips resulted in an estimated 163 legals kept. It was the largest number of legals kept for the month of February since 2004.

(Photo courtesy of state Fish and Wildlife)

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