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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Lower Columbia sturgeon catch and keep fishery ends on decent note

The Lower Columbia River estuary sturgeon fishery has come to an end for catch and keep angling, and here are the final numbers:

71-percent of the charter boat anglers took home a legal size white sturgeon while about one in five private boat anglers kept a legal fish.

If an angler caught a white sturgeon, there was a 35 percent chance it would be legal size. A few green sturgeon were reported released as is required.

Ilwaco-Fort Canby areas: 22 private boats with 75 anglers July 2-4 caught 19 sturgeon and released 43; 12 charter boats with 85 anglers caught 60 sturgeon and released 99.

Port of Chinook: 33 private boats with 89 anglers caught 11 sturgeon and released 33.

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