Sturgeon retention closes in The Dalles Pool

January 25, 2023

Action:  Closes retention of sturgeon.

Effective date:  Jan. 26, 2023, until further notice.

Species affected:  White sturgeon

Location:  From The Dalles Dam to John Day Dam, and all adjacent Washington tributaries.

Reason for action:  Catch rates in The Dalles Pool were higher than preseason expectations. The projected catch through Wednesday is 184 fish out of the 190 fish guideline (97%) and therefore, not enough fish remain on the guideline to support the previously scheduled openings through March 4.

Additional information:  The Dalles Pool remains open for catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon on days not open to retention, as do many other stretches of the Columbia. Fishing for sturgeon at night is prohibited.

Information contact:  Region 5 office; 360-696-6211

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on definitions 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 toll free 866-880-5431.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (