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

December 27, 2005

Sturgeon sport retention seasons set for 2006 for the Columbia River and tributaries below Bonneville Dam

Action: (1) Above Wauna power lines (near Cathlamet) upstream to Bonneville Dam: Jan 1-Jul 31 - Sturgeon retention allowed Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only, 42 inch minimum size limit. Release sturgeon on other days. Aug 1-Sep 30 - Sturgeon retention not allowed. Oct 1-Dec 31 - Sturgeon retention allowed Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only, 42-inch minimum size limit. Release sturgeon on other days.

(2) Below Wauna power lines downstream to Columbia River mouth: Jan 1-Apr 30 - Sturgeon retention allowed seven days per week, 42-inch minimum size limit. May 1-May 12 - Sturgeon retention not allowed. May 13-Jul 4 - Sturgeon retention allowed seven days per week, 45-inch minimum size limit. Jul 5-Dec 31 - Sturgeon retention not allowed.

Effective date: Jan.1, 2006 Dec. 31, 2006

Species affected: Sturgeon

Location: The Columbia River and tributaries from Bonneville Dam downstream to the mouth.

Reason for action: The regulation is consistent with Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission guidance for 2006-2008 sturgeon fishery management. The dates and size limits for retention of sturgeon are based on the 2006 sturgeon seasons adopted at the joint Washington-Oregon public hearing on December 15, 2005.

Other information: Catch and release fishing is allowed seven days per week except the area from Bonneville Dam downstream to Beacon Rock is closed to all fishing for sturgeon from May 1-July 31. Maximum size remains 60 inches. The annual limit is five sturgeon.

Information contact: Region 5, (360) 696-6211.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the