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. Catch and release of white sturgeon is allowed when the fishery is closed to retention.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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