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June 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Lower Columbia River sturgeon catch estimates

SUNSET FISHING

Here is the latest word from state Fish and Wildlife on the Columbia River sturgeon fisheries for the estuary and above Wauna power lines.

The fishery above Wauna closes after June 15, and should remain 100-200 fish below the 2,021 fish guideline for that area (scheduled to reopen Oct. 19). Guideline below Wauna is 4,042 fish for a total of 6,063 in both areas.

To date, effort in the estuary has been similar to expectations, but catch rates have been notably higher (0.2 fish per angler in May vs 0.12 expected).

Retention above Wauna is open Thursdays to Saturdays only through June 15, and Oct. 19-Dec. 31. Seasons below Wauna is open through April 30, and reopening May 11 with a 41-inch minimum (fork length) size limit through June 30.

JANUARY

Above Wauna: 1,119 angler trips kept 27 sturgeon with cumulative catch of 27 for 1.3 percent of the guideline. Below Wauna: No effort. Lower Columbia total: 1,119 angler trips kept 27 sturgeon with cumulative catch of 27 for 0.4 percent.

FEBRUARY

Above Wauna: 1,664 angler trips kept 24 sturgeon with cumulative catch of 51 for 2.5 percent of the guideline. Below Wauna: No effort. Lower Columbia total: 1,664 angler trips kept 24 sturgeon with cumulative catch of 51 for 0.8 percent.

MARCH

Above Wauna: 1,231 angler trips kept 32 sturgeon with cumulative catch of 83 for 4.1 percent of the guideline. Below Wauna: 36 anglers caught no sturgeon. Lower Columbia total: 1,267 angler trips kept 32 sturgeon with cumulative catch of 83 for 1.4 percent.

APRIL

Above Wauna: 1,975 angler trips kept 133 sturgeon with cumulative catch of 216 for 10.7 percent of the guideline. Below Wauna: 12 anglers caught no sturgeon. Lower Columbia total: 1,975 angler trips kept 133 sturgeon with cumulative catch of 216 for 3.6 percent.

MAY

Above Wauna: 4,833 preliminary angler trips kept 916 sturgeon with cumulative catch of 1,132 for 56.0 percent of the guideline. Below Wauna: 2,040 preliminary angler trips kept 410 with cumulative catch of 410 for 10.1 percent. Lower Columbia total: 6,873 angler trips kept 1,326 sturgeon with cumulative catch of 1,542 for 25.4 percent.

JUNE

Above Wauna: 798 preliminary through June 2 angler trips kept 104 sturgeon with cumulative catch of 1,236 for 61.2 percent of the guideline. Below Wauna: 968 preliminary angler trips kept 196 with cumulative catch of 606 for 15.0 percent. Lower Columbia total: 1,766 angler trips kept 300 sturgeon with cumulative catch of 1,842 for 30.4 percent.

SEASON TOTAL

Above Wauna: 11,620 angler trips kept 1,236 sturgeon with cumulative catch of 1,236 for 61.2 percent of the guideline. Below Wauna: 3,056 angler trips kept 606 with cumulative catch of 606 for 15.0 percent. Lower Columbia total: 14,676 angler trips kept 1,842 sturgeon with cumulative catch of 1,842 for 30.4 percent.

(Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times Photo archive)

 

 

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