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

January 6, 2021

Sturgeon retention closes in Bonneville Pool

Action: Closes retention of sturgeon.

Effective date: Jan. 8, 2021

Species affected: White sturgeon.

Location: From the Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam.

Reason for action: Catches in the first week of fishing were much higher than expected. Creel data indicates harvest has surpassed the quota of 500 sturgeon.

Additional information: The Bonneville Pool remains open for catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon, as do many other stretches of the Columbia. In addition, the John Day Pool (between John Day Dam and McNary Dam) remains open to sturgeon retention as of Wednesday, January 6.

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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