600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
May 29, 1998
Contact: Chuck Bolland, (360) 902-2255
New regulations for sturgeon anglers
OLYMPIA -- Sturgeon caught in the Columbia River, and its tributaries from The
Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam, must be released beginning June 8.
Washington and Oregon fish managers estimate the sturgeon guideline from
The Dalles Reservoir will be reached by June 8. Fishing in the reservoir may continue,
but all sturgeon must be released unharmed.
Harvest guidelines for sturgeon were set in 1991 for recreational and tribal
commercial fisheries to prevent the overharvest of fish trapped between Bonneville and
McNary dams. In 1995, the Washington and Oregon agencies adopted permanent
regulations that allow sturgeon retention only during the first half of each year to keep
the sport harvest within the guidelines.
The Columbia River, and its tributaries from John Day Dam upstream to McNary
Dam, will remain open to sturgeon retention until further notice.