Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

April 1, 2014

Bonneville Pool sturgeon spawning sanctuary adopted; sport sturgeon retention season approved

Action #1: Establishes a sturgeon spawning sanctuary in Bonneville Reservoir which prohibits angling for sturgeon during the spawning period.

Effective dates: May 1 through July 31, 2014

Species affected: White sturgeon

Location: From The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to a line from the east (upstream) dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore.

Reason for action: The sanctuary is expected to reduce the handle of oversize sturgeon during the spawning period.

Action #2: The summer season recreational fishery in Bonneville Reservoir opens to white sturgeon retention for two 2-day periods in June.

Effective dates: June 13 through June 14 and June 20 through June 21, 2014

Species affected: White sturgeon

Location: The Columbia River and tributaries from Bonneville Dam upstream to lower sturgeon spawning sanctuary boundary from the east (upstream) dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore.

Reason for action: Establishes a summer white sturgeon retention period in Bonneville Reservoir. Around 850 fish remain available for harvest from the 1,100 fish total guideline. This balance allows for a summer retention season.

Other information: Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon is allowed, except the spawning sanctuary is closed to all sturgeon angling during May through July.

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 inform