Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

June 29, 2012

Columbia River estuary sturgeon fishery to close a few days early

Action: Closes the ongoing recreational fishery downstream of the Wauna powerlines, to retention of white sturgeon, effective July 5, 2012.

Location: Columbia River and its tributaries from the mouth of the Columbia upstream to the Wauna power lines near Cathlamet, Wash.

Species affected: White sturgeon.

Reason for action: The estuary sturgeon fishery was originally scheduled to continue through July 8. Angling effort and catch have exceeded expectations, and the catch guideline of white sturgeon is projected to be reached by July 4, 2012.

Other Information: When open to retention, the daily catch limit is one white sturgeon with a fork length measurement for this area of 41 inches to 54 inches. All green sturgeon must be released. Catc