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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 19, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Columbia River sturgeon fishing so good, catch-and-keep ending

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Sturgeon fishing has been so good in the open areas of the Columbia River that state Fish and Wildlife has announced some closures to the catch-and-keep fisheries.

“There are lots of regulation changes for sturgeon, and (Thursday, June 20) is the last day for catch and keep in the estuary from Wauna powerlines downstream,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

Bonneville Pool was slated to reopen this Friday, June 21 and Saturday , June 22, and will now just be open on Friday only.

“Sturgeon fishing has been good in both areas, and so good that the catch guideline will be met before the scheduled ending dates, which was June 30 in the estuary,” Hymer said.

Beginning after Friday, June 21 everything will be catch and release from Dalles Dam downstream.

Last week, anglers made 5,726 trips below Wauna power lines and kept 1,706 white sturgeon.  The cumulative catch of 3,278 sturgeon represents 81% of the 4,042 fish guideline.

Through June 16, an estimated 1,981 (98%) of the 2,021 fish guideline for above Wauna powerlines had been taken.  Schedule to reopen for retention October 19.

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