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

September 24, 2020

Sport sturgeon retention to be allowed in Columbia River from Wauna Powerline Crossing upstream to Bonneville Dam

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

Effective date: Sept. 26, Sept. 29, and Oct. 3, 2020.

Species affected: White sturgeon

Locations: The Columbia River from the Wauna Powerline crossing upstream to the Bonneville Dam, and the Cowlitz River.

Reason for action: The legal-size population is large enough to allow for a limited retention fishery within the lower Columbia River.

Additional 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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