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

June 1, 2017

Sport sturgeon retention season in the estuary

Action: Opens a limited sturgeon retention fishery in the estuary.

Effective dates: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday for two weeks: June 5, 7, 10, and June 12, 14, 17, 2017. Sturgeon angling closes at 2:00 p.m. on each open day.

Species affected: White sturgeon from 44-inches minimum to 50-inch maximum fork length. Daily limit: one fish. Annual limit: two fish.

Location: The Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to the Wauna Powerlines

Reason for action: Increased legal size population

Other information: Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon will continue to be allowed on all non-retention days. Fork length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose to the fork in the caudal fin (tail) with the fish laying on its side on a flat surface, with the tape measure/ ruler positioned flat under the fish.

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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