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

July 20, 2003

Lower Columbia River to close to sturgeon retention

Effective Dates: June 28, 2003 through September 30, 2003.

Species affected: Sturgeon

Location: The Columbia River and tributaries from the Wauna power lines (near Cathlamet, Washington) downstream to the mouth.

Reason for action: The harvest guideline of 18,000 sturgeon for this area is expected to be achieved prior to the original closing date of July 10.

Other information: The area remains open to catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon but retention of any sturgeon is prohibited. The retention of sturgeon downstream of the Wauna power lines will re-open on October 1.

Sturgeon retention in the area from the Wauna power lines upstream to Bonneville Dam will be open beginning July 1.

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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