October 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Lower Columbia fall sturgeon fishery cancelled
The Lower Columbia River fall white sturgeon fishery will not happen, and this is based on a higher early-season catch and a decline in the population.
Originally the fishery was scheduled to open Oct. 19 in a section of the lower river from the Wauna power lines up to Bonneville Dam.
Catch data revealed anglers landed 1,942 legal-size sturgeon, which is about 96 percent of the yearly guideline for this area.
The high catch also came on the heels of both Washington and Oregon fishery officials cutting the fishery by six weeks.
Sturgeon fishing below Bonneville will remain closed in 2014, and will also remain shutdown off the coast, Puget Sound and tributaries leading into those areas.
The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will review an update on the state of sturgeon at a public meeting Dec. 6-7 in Olympia.
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