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

April 3, 2009

Retention fishery for sturgeon to close between the Dalles Dam and John Day Dam

Action: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is closing the retention fishery for sturgeon between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam on the Columbia River.

Effective date: 12:01 a.m., April 19, through Dec. 31, 2009.

Species affected: Sturgeon

Location: The Columbia River and tributaries from The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam

Reason for action: The closure date for retention of sturgeon was adopted because Washington and Oregon fish managers estimate that the harvest guideline of 300 fish will be caught by April 19.

Other information: The section of the Columbia River and tributaries between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam will remain open to sturgeon retention until the guideline is reached. The section of the Columbia River and tributaries between John Day Dam and McNary Dam will close to sturgeon retention effective 12:01 a.m., April 13. The spawning sanctuaries from the Highway 395/I-82 bridge upstream to McNary Dam and from the Rufus grain elevator upstream to John Day Dam will be closed to all sturgeon fishing May 1 through July 31.

Information contact: Dennis Gilliland, (360) 906-6733.

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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