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

June 30, 2004

Release of sport caught sturgeon required starting July 12 between John Day and McNary Dams

Action: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will require anglers to release white sturgeon caught between John Day Dam and McNary Dam on the Columbia River.

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

Species affected: Sturgeon

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

Reason for action: The cut-off date for retention of sturgeon was adopted because Washington and Oregon fish managers estimate that the harvest guideline of 165 fish will be achieved by July 12.

Other information: The reservoirs and tributaries between Bonneville Dam and John Day Dam will remain closed to retention through Dec. 31.

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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