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

April 29, 2010

Release sport-caught sturgeon between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam

Action: The sport fishery for white sturgeon between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam on the Columbia River will close to retention.

Effective date: 12:01 a.m. May 6 through Dec. 31, 2010.

Species affected: White 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 reached on May 6, 2010.

Other information: Catch and release of sturgeon will still be allowed between Bonneville and McNary dams except that the sturgeon spawning sanctuaries from the Rufus grain elevator upstream to John Day Dam in The Dalles Pool and from the Highway 395/I-82 Bridge upstream to McNary Dam in John Day Pool will be closed to all sturgeon angling 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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