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

August 29, 2018

Sturgeon retention season set in the Columbia River upstream from Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam

Action: Allows a limited white sturgeon retention fishery in the Lower Columbia River. White sturgeon from 44-inches minimum to 50-inches maximum fork length may be retained.

Effective dates: Saturdays, September 15 and 22, 2018.

Species affected: White sturgeon.

Locations: The Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam and all adjacent Washington tributaries.

Reason for action: Increased legal-size population over the past few years allows for a conservative retention fishery within the lower Columbia River.

Other information: Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon will continue to be allowed on all non-retention days.

Daily white sturgeon limit: One fish

Annual white sturgeon limit: Two fish

Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited.

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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