• Anglers face cut in sturgeon catches

    by  • February 6, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Sturgeon anglers on the Columbia River face another season of reduced catches to protect waning fish populations for the fourth year in a row. Washington and Oregon fisheries officials agreed to cut the catch rate by 15%, even though there was a slight increase in the legal-size population – the first rise for five years. The sport catch guideline in the Lower Columbia River and Lower Willamette River will be 7,790 sturgeon, the same as last year. This is divided into 4040 fish in the estuary, 2020 above the Wauna powerlines and 1730 in the Willamette River. Last season, the autumn fishery was cancelled because high catch rates from May to July took most of the fish. To prevent this happening again, the winter-summer fishery is being cut by 18 days to reserve about half the catch for the fall fishery. Exact details here.

     

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    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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