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July 08, 2009
Contact: Region 5 Office, (360) 696-6211
Sturgeon fishery extended
in Columbia River estuary
OLYMPIA – Anglers will get at least six more days to catch white sturgeon in the Columbia River estuary, beginning July 10.
Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon announced the joint decision July 7 after assessing catch data for the fishery.
By the states’ action, anglers will be allowed to catch and retain legal-size white sturgeon Friday through Sunday from July 10-12 and July 17-19 between the mouth of the Columbia and the Wauna powerlines near Cathlamet.
Those additional fishing days are designed to give anglers an opportunity to catch 4,100 sturgeon still available for harvest by the recreational fishery when the regularly scheduled season ended July 5, said Brad James, a fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The catch guideline for that season was 15,529 fish.
“The sturgeon catch was a little below average for the season,” James said. “That left room for some extra fishing days.”
As during the regular season, the daily catch limit is one white sturgeon, with a fork-length measurement of 41 inches to 54 inches. All green sturgeon must be released.
Fishery managers will review the catch data after July 19 to determine if additional fishing opportunity is available under the catch guidelines.