The Dalles Pool sturgeon retention season closes tonight

Columbia River

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ODFW

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The recreational sturgeon season in The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam) will close effective tonight (11:59 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4), under rules announced today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

The states are closing the sturgeon sport fishery to retention since the current catch guideline of 135 fish was exceeded in the first two days of fishing. Catch rates were very good with an estimated 191 fish harvested during Jan. 1-2.

Sturgeon fishing remains open in the Bonneville and John Day pools, where the guidelines are 500 and 105 fish, respectively.

Retention sturgeon fishing is closed below Bonneville Dam and below Willamette Falls under permanent sport fishing regulations.

Except for specific sanctuaries, catch-and-release sturgeon fishing remains open in all of these waters, even when retention seasons are closed.

Find the latest Columbia River regulations at

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