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.