When the 2013 harvest quota of white sturgeon was reached on the Columbia River June 21, the historic sports fishery was officially closed for the unforeseen future. Many knowledgeable anglers, and guides, feel it will not be re-opened in their lifetimes.
The Columbia is not just another river hosting white sturgeon. It is the hub of the West Coast sturgeon population for Oregon, Washington and Northern California. Sturgeon migrate from the Columbia to rivers up and down the coast from California to British Columbia.
Thousands of anglers come to the Columbia to do battle with the Columbia’s “fresh water marlin.” Anglers from as far away as Germany come to catch–and release–giant 300 to 400 pound oversize white sturgeon.
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