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. (3