Sport sturgeon retention to open for two days on portion of lower Columbia River

Columbia River

by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Action: Opens white sturgeon retention seasons.

Effective date: Saturdays, Sept. 11 and Sept. 18, 2021 only.

Species affected: White Sturgeon.

Locations:  The Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam, including the Cowlitz River.

Rules: White sturgeon from 44-inches minimum to 50-inches maximum fork length may be retained. (Fork length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose to the fork in the caudal fin (tail) with the fish laying on its side on a flat surface, with the tape measure/ruler positioned flat under the fish)

Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon will continue to be allowed on all non-retention days.

Daily white sturgeon limit: One fish.

Annual white sturgeon limit: Two fish.

Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited.

Reason for action:  The legal-size population is large enough to allow for a limited retention fishery within the lower Columbia River.

Information contact: Region 5; 360-696-6211

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