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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 21, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Lower Columbia estuary sturgeon fishery catch increases

Here is the latest from the sturgeon fishery in the Lower Columbia River by state Fish and Wildlife:

Including fish released, charter boat anglers averaged a legal per every five rods while private boat anglers averaged one per every 8.9 rods. If an angler caught a fish, there was about a 28-percent chance it would be legal size.

Ilwaco-Fort Canby checks: 18 private boats with 48 anglers caught four legal-sized sturgeon and released 17; 41 charter boats with 385 anglers caught 72 legal-sized sturgeon and released 295.

Fishing reports below Wauna showed catch rates and effort in the estuary sturgeon fishery picked up some last week.

Through Sunday, June 17, anglers have made 9,948 trips and kept 1,729 legal white sturgeon, or about 42-percent of the guideline.

After a slow start in January-May, anglers caught about 700 sturgeon during June 1-10 and then another 750 during June 11-17.

In River Section 10: 1,968 private boats with 6,262 anglers from June 1-17 caught 1,251 sturgeon; 105 charter boats with 938 anglers caught 148 sturgeon; 202 Washington-Oregon bank anglers caught no sturgeon.

In River Section 9: 68 private boats with 231 anglers from June 1-17 caught 54 sturgeon.

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