Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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January 25, 2022

Sturgeon retention season extended for The Dalles Pool

Action: Extends the white sturgeon retention season in The Dalles Pool, remaining open for retention three days per week (Mon., Wed., Sat.).

Effective date: Jan. 26 through Feb. 28, 2022; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays only.

Species affected: White sturgeon.

Location: From the Dalles Dam to John Day Dam and all adjacent Washington tributaries.

Reason for action: Enough fish remain on the harvest guideline of 190 fish to extend the season. Creel data indicates we will reach the guideline by the closure date.

Additional information: The Dalles Pool is closed to sturgeon retention during days not specifically listed as open and after February 28, 2022. Unless closed by permanent rule as listed in the 2022 Washington Sportfishing Rules pamphlet, The Dalles Pool remains open for catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon on days not open to retention, as do many other stretches of the Columbia. Fishing for sturgeon at night 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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