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

June 15, 2004

Sturgeon release required between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam beginning June 25

NOTE - This fishing rule change has been corrected. Please refer the Fishing Rule Change published on June 22, 2004:

Action: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will require anglers to release all sturgeon caught between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River.

Effective date: 12:01 a.m., June 25 through Dec. 31, 2004.

Species affected: Sturgeon.

Location: The Columbia River and tributaries from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam.

Reason for action: The cut-off date for sturgeon retention was adopted because Washington and Oregon fish managers estimate that the annual harvest guideline of 700 fish will be caught by June 25.

Other information: The section of the Columbia River between the Dalles Dam and McNary Dam will remain open to sturgeon retention. Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon is still allowed between Bonneville and The Dalles dams.

Information contact: Dennis Gilliland, (360) 906-6733.

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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