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

June 27, 2013

Sport sturgeon retention season closes for the John Day Pool

Action: Closes retention of sturgeon in the John Day pool.

Effective dates: Saturday June 29, 2013 until further notice.

Species affected: White sturgeon

Location: The Columbia River and tributaries from John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam (John Day Reservoir).

Reason for action: The harvest guideline of 500 fish is expected to be reached.

Other information: Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon will continue to be allowed. The section of the Columbia River and tributaries between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam will remain open to sturgeon retention until harvest guidelines are reached. The spawning sanctuaries from McNary Dam downstream 1.5 miles to the HWY 82 Bridge and from John Day Dam downstream 2.4 miles to the Rufus grain elevator are closed to all sturgeon fishing through July 31.

Information contact: Region 5 office/ 360-696-6211.

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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