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June 12, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Columbia estuary sturgeon fishery fairly good

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Here is the latest word on the Columbia River estuary sturgeon fishery by state Fish and Wildlife biologist Joe Hymer:

Charter boat anglers averaged about 0.4 legal per rod while private boaters averaged one per about every 5 rods.  If an angler caught a fish, there was a 30-percent chance it would be of legal size.

“Sturgeon fishing has been been going pretty good in the estuary with the bigger tides (last week) with alomost half-a-fish per rod,” Hymer said. “The tides are softer this weekend, and it might give into more bullheads grabbing your bait. There was also some good fishing from Cathlamet to Vancouver.

Estuary checks:

Ilwaco/Fort Canby: 20 private boats with 56 anglers caught nine sturgeon and released 26 (two were oversized); 34 charter boats with 288 anglers caught 112 sturgeon and released 288 (56 were oversized).

Port of Chinook: 29 private boats with 83 anglers caught 18 sturgeon and released 22 (six were oversized).

Elsewhere: The retention of sturgeon in Bonneville Pool is open Friday and Saturday (June 15-16) and June 21-22 only. Sturgeon retention from Wauna powerlines to Bonnville closes for sturgeon retention starting Sunday, June 16, and will not reopen until mid-October.

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