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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


October 29, 2009
Contact: Olaf Langness, (360) 906-6741

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Umatilla meeting to discuss
sturgeon rule and season changes

OLYMPIA—A public meeting will be held Nov. 12 to discuss proposed fishing rule changes for sturgeon populations in the McNary Reservoir (Lake Wallula) and the John Day Reservoir (Lake Umatilla).

Specifically, the meeting will include discussions of:

  • New sturgeon rule changes proposed for McNary Reservoir that include reducing the number of months that sturgeon can be harvested, and establishing new sanctuary zones below Ice Harbor and Priest Rapids dams.

  • Options for lengthening the sturgeon sport fishing season in the John Day Reservoir.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12 in the conference room near the visitor center at McNary Dam.

Fishery managers from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will present information on the McNary Reservoir rule changes. New conservation measures have been proposed to prevent overfishing that sturgeon population and to protect its broodstock.

In the John Day Reservoir, fishing pressure has shifted earlier in the season, resulting in shorter seasons. Fishery managers from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and WDFW will present information on season options designed to provide a longer fishing season under the available harvest guideline.

During the meetings, the public will have an opportunity to discuss the proposals with WDFW and ODFW staff, and to submit written comments.