Sturgeon retention closes in John Day Pool

January 25, 2023

Action:  Closes retention of sturgeon.

Effective date:  Jan. 30, 2023, until further notice.

Species affected:  White sturgeon

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

Reason for action:  The projected catch through Sunday, January 29, 2023 is 101 fish out of the 105 fish guideline (96%) and therefore, not enough fish will remain on the guideline to support ongoing retention fisheries.

Additional information:  John Day 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 360-796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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 (