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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 1, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Sturgeon fishing changes coming up for Columbia River areas

There are some changes on the horizon for some Columbia River sturgeon sport fisheries.

In the John Day Pool the sport fishery will close for sturgeon catch and keep May 21 through Dec. 31. This covers all areas from John Day Dam up to McNary Dam.

The closure in John Day was decided because the catch guideline of 500 white sturgeon is expected to be attained by May 21.

In Bonneville Pool the sport sturgeon fishery will reopen for catch and keep fishing on June 15-16 and June 22-23. This covers all areas in the Columbia River mainstem and tributaries from Bonneville Dam up to The Dalles Dam.

The Bonneville Pool catch guideline of 2,000 white sturgeon wasn’t attained when the season closed on Feb. 18, and 1,060 are still available to catch.

The section of the Columbia River and tributaries between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam are open for sturgeon catch and keep. About 250 fish remain in the catch guideline.

Catch and release of sturgeon is allowed, except for within the spawning sanctuaries in John Day Pool from the Highway 395/I-82 bridge up 1.5 miles to McNary Dam and in The Dalles Pool from the Rufus grain elevator upstream 2.4 miles to John Day Dam, which are both closed to all sturgeon fishing May 1 through July 31.

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