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