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June 22, 2012 at 7:37 PM

State fisheries asks anglers to hand in tags on sturgeon caught in areas above McNary Dam

State Fish and Wildlife would like sturgeon anglers in the Columbia and Snake river reservoirs above McNary Dam to return special tags found on some sturgeon.

About 120 sturgeon were tagged last year in McNary Pool, and more will be tagged this year in Lower Monumental and Little Goose pools – and in the Ice Harbor Pool next year.

The tags are yellow plastic markers shaped like a piece of spaghetti, and attached to the base of the fish’s dorsal fin.

“The tag program helps inform us of the abundance and distribution of white sturgeon and fishing above McNary Dam,” Olaf Langness, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist said in a news release. “We appreciate anglers’ cooperation in this effort.”

Anglers should remove the fish, and write down the date and location of where the fish was caught, and if it was kept or released. Those who keep the sturgeon should also record the fishes fork length, measured from the tip of its snout to the fork in its tail.

Mail the tags to: Sturgeon Tag Reward Program, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 17330 S.E. Evelyn St., Clackamas, Oregon 97015.

Include your name, address and phone number to receive a free “Columbia Basin Sturgeon Conservationist” baseball cap.

The program is funded by the Bonneville Power Administration as part of its White Sturgeon Mitigation and Restoration Project.

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