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

July 14, 2010

Columbia River Estuary sturgeon fishery extended

Action: Anglers will be able to retain white sturgeon in the Columbia River estuary for 18 additional days.

Location: Columbia River and its tributaries from the mouth of the Columbia upstream to the Wauna power lines near Cathlamet, Wash.

Effective Dates: July 15 through Aug. 1, 2010

Species affected: White sturgeon

Reason for action: Catch and effort in the estuary sturgeon fishery have been less than expected. White sturgeon remain available for harvest based on the guideline for this area.

Other information: The daily catch limit is one white sturgeon, with a fork-length measurement of 41 inches to 54 inches. All green sturgeon must be released. Catch and release fishing will continue to be allowed on days not open to retention. Staff will continue to closely monitor catch as the season continues, and modify the proposed season as necessary in order to remain within the catch guideline.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

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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