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Sturgeon populations up in the Snake River


Recently, Boise Weekly told you about Idaho author Jo Deurbrouck and her book, Anything Worth Doing (BW, Rec, "River Tales," Oct. 10, 2012). The book tells the story of one fateful trip by two well-known Idaho river guides.

Well, Deurbrouck's book recently won the History/Biography category of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Awards. Of her now-award-winning book, awards Chairman Ron Watters said in a press release, "This is a highly creative and exceptionally well-written book. It will keep you glued to the pages."

Boise-based author Michael Lanza also received an honorable mention in the Outdoor Literature category for Before They're Gone: A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks.

Since we're on the subject of Boiseans getting a little love, Shu's Idaho Running Company has once again been named one of the 50 best running stores in America by Running Insight and Competitor Magazine.

Shu's win was based on nominations and reviews of its services, products, know-how and community involvement. Shu's crew will be honored at a ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 5, during The Running Event, an annual trade show for running retailers. Shu's will also be featured in the December issue of Competitor Magazine.

And more in good news, biologists with Idaho Power announced positive findings after a three-year-long survey of white sturgeon populations in the Snake River between Hells Canyon and Lower Granite dams.

During the study period, researchers recorded 630 sturgeons along the 140-mile stretch of river. The fish ranged in size from 1.8 feet and 1.3 pounds to 9.3 feet and 344 pounds. Now that will make you think twice about what's swimming around under you the next time you take a dip in the river.

Finding such an array of fish is a good indication that the sturgeon population in the area is diverse, representing a good range of ages.

In less-positive sturgeon news, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is looking for information about the poaching of a large sturgeon in the King Hill area of the Snake River.

The fish was taken sometime around Nov. 7, and its remains were found near King Hill bridge. All sturgeon fishing in Idaho is catch and release only.

Anyone with information can call the Jerome Fish and Game office at 208-324-4359. Citizens Against Poaching is offering a $1,000 reward for info, and the group can be reached at 800-632-5999.