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posted by Mike on 01/05/2019

The Dalles Pool closes early for sturgeon retention fishing

OLYMPIA – Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon announced today that The Dalles Pool on the Columbia River will close to sturgeon-retention fishing in at the end of day Sunday, Jan. 6.

The announcement came just four days after the fishery opened Jan. 1, prompted by much higher catches than anticipated in the first three days of fishing.

Bill Tweit, a special assistant at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said an immediate closure was necessary to prevent the harvest from exceeding the quota of 135 white sturgeon in those waters.

"The catch mounted much faster than expected," Tweit said. "The water temperature was higher than usual, but we don't know for certain what caused the bite to come on so strong."

The Dalles Pool, which stretches from The Dalles Dam upriver to John Day Dam, will remain open to catch-and-release fishing.

Bonneville Pool and John Day Pool, two other areas of the Columbia River that also opened for white sturgeon fishing Jan. 1, will remain open to retention fishing until further notice.

In the Bonneville Pool, anglers may retain white sturgeon measuring 38-54 inches (fork length) between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam under a catch guideline of 325 fish.

In the John Day Pool, anglers may retain white sturgeon measuring 43-54 inches (fork length) between John Day Dam and McNary Dam until the catch reaches the 105-fish guideline.

The daily limit in those areas is one white sturgeon per day, with an annual limit of two legal-size fish.


posted by Mike on 04/17/2018

Sport sturgeon retention season
set in Bonneville and Dalles Pools

Action: Allow retention of white sturgeon for one day within the following slot limits:

  1. Bonneville Pool: between 38-inches and 54-inches fork length.
  2. The Dalles Pool: between 43-inches and 54-inches fork length.

Effective dates: Friday June 15, 2018
Species affected: White sturgeon

Locations: Fishing will be open in the Columbia River within the Bonneville Pool, The Dalles Pool, and adjacent tributaries, except within the spawning sanctuary closure areas:

  1. Bonneville Pool: From The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to a line from the east (upstream) dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore.
  2. The Dalles Pool: From John Day Dam downstream 2.4 miles to a line crossing the Columbia at a right angle to the thread of the river from the west end of the grain silo at Rufus, Oregon.

Reason for action: There are sturgeon available for harvest within the established guidelines for both reservoirs.

Other information: Catch-and-release will continue to be allowed, except in the spawning sanctuary closure areas.

Daily white sturgeon limit: One fish.

Annual white sturgeon limit: Two fish.

Information contact: Region 5; 360-696-6211


posted by Mike on 03/16/2017

Sturgeon retention by sport fishery to close in Bonneville, The Dalles pools

Action: Closes retention of sturgeon in Bonneville and The Dalles pools.

Effective date: March 25, 2017, until further notice.

Species affected: White sturgeon.

Locations: The Columbia River and tributaries from Bonneville Dam upstream to John Day Dam.

Reason for action: The harvest guidelines for both pools are expected to be reached by the effective date of this rule.

Other information: Catch-and-release fishing remains open in both the Bonneville and The Dalles pools.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

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