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

May 1, 2020

Catch-and-release only for recreational Columbia River white sturgeon fishing

Action: Anglers must release all sturgeon.

Effective Date: May 5, 2020

Locations and rules: from Bonneville Dam to Priest Rapids Dam and adjacent tributaries.

Immediately through December 31 catch-and-release only in Bonneville Reservoir, The Dalles Reservoir, and John Day Reservoir per permanent regulations.

Year-round catch-and-release from McNary Dam to Priest Rapids Dam.

Species affected: White sturgeon

Reason for action: These rules were adopted and made permanent prior to the fishing closure associated with the COVID19 pandemic. This notice serves as a reminder to anglers of the change in permanent rules.

Additional information: Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon will continue to be allowed except in designated spawning sanctuaries, which are closed to all sturgeon fishing May 1 through August 31. These measures were implemented to help ensure the long-term viability of the population.

Information contact: Region 5: 360-696-6211, Region 3: 509-575-2740

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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