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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Lower Columbia estuary sturgeon fishery picking up steam

Here is the latest word on sturgeon fishing in the Lower Columbia River estuary from state Fish and Wildlife:

During the first three days of June, charter boats averaged a legal kept per every 6.3 rods while private boaters averaged one per every 19.3 rods. If an angler does land a fish, there is about a one in four chance it’s a keeper.

Ilwaco-For Canby: 11 private boats with 30 anglers caught one sturgeon and released two; 15 charter boats with 152 anglers caught 24 sturgeon and released 81.

Chinook: Nine private boats with 28 anglers caught two sturgeon and released three.

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