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

April 29, 2010

Sand Island slough on the Columbia River east of Rooster Rock closed to angling

Action: Angling prohibited in the slough formed by Sand Island along the Oregon shore east of Rooster Rock State Park on the Columbia River.

Effective date: 12:01 a.m. April 29 through July 31, 2010.

Species affected: All species.

Location: From a line between the upstream end of Sand Island, located east of Rooster Rock State Park on the Columbia River, to a marker on the Oregon shore, downstream to a line between the lower end of Sand Island and a marker on the Oregon shore.

Reason for action: Washington and Oregon fish managers estimate that 1,700 white sturgeon, or 35% of the 4,835 guideline for above Wauna, will have been caught by the end of April. Most of this catch has come from a large aggregation of white sturgeon holding in the shallow slough east of Rooster Rock State Park between Sand Island and the Oregon shore. Approximately 50% of the guideline (2,400 fish) is typically needed for the October-December timeframe, which leaves approximately 700 fish for May-July. This rule should not displace non-sturgeon anglers as the slough receives little effort for other species.

Other information: The white sturgeon retention season in the mainstem Columbia River upstream of Wauna is scheduled to continue through July 31 (except for the May-August sanctuary closure upstream of Skamania Island), close for August and September, and re-open from October-December.

Information contact: Brad James, (360) 906-6716.

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.