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

September 27, 2007

Columbia River sturgeon retention fishery will remain open 7 days a week from Bonneville Dam to Wauna power lines

Action: Allow retention of white sturgeon seven days a week.

Effective date: 12:01 a.m., Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2007.

Species affected: White sturgeon.

Location: The Columbia River and tributaries from the Wauna power lines (near Cathlamet) upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Reason for action: Significant numbers of harvestable white sturgeon remain on the guideline for the Columbia River and tributaries above the Wauna power lines, providing for additional opportunity for white sturgeon retention in this area.

Other information: This section of the Columbia River is currently open to retention seven days a week through September 30, 2007. The section of the Columbia River downstream of the Wauna power lines remains closed to white sturgeon retention through December 31, 2007.

The retention of green sturgeon is prohibited by permanent rule.

Information contact: Region 5 office in Vancouver, (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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