Two additional days of sturgeon retention opens in The Dalles Pool

by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Action: Opens two days of white sturgeon retention.

Effective dates: Immediately through April 30, 2024. Open for retention Feb. 24 and Feb. 28 only. All other days through April 30 are open for catch and release only.

Species affected: White sturgeon.

Location: Columbia River from The Dalles Dam to John Day Dam and all adjacent Washington tributaries.

Rules: Open for retention Feb. 24 and Feb. 28 only. Daily limit is one. Minimum fork length is 43 inches. Maximum fork length 54 inches. Open for catch and release fishing on days closed to retention.

Reason for action: Enough fish remain on the harvest guideline of 275 sturgeon to open two additional days of retention fishing.

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 River. In addition, at the time of this release, the John Day Pool between John Day Dam and McNary Dam remains open to white sturgeon retention seven-days-per-week. Be sure to check the WDFW emergency rules webpage for any changes prior to fishing.

Information contact: Ridgefield Office (Region 5), 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 toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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