The sport sturgeon catch and keep fishery was given the green light to be open daily in Bonneville Pool of the Columbia River from Jan. 1 through Feb. 10.
This includes areas in the Columbia River and tributaries from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam (Bonneville Reservoir).
State Fish and Wildlife says this offers anglers a winter-period to catch white sturgeon in the Bonneville Reservoir. Fishery managers say closing the catch and keep fishery from Feb. 11 will provide about 850 sturgeon for a summer retention season.
State Fish and Wildlife will readdress the fishery at a joint Washington and Oregon public hearing on Jan. 30. Fishery managers will set a summer season in May.
The sturgeon release fishery will remain open once the catch and keep fishery closes.
Elsewhere the Columbia River and tributaries between The Dalles Dam and McNary Dam opens to sturgeon catch and keep on Jan. 1 under normal regulations and will remain open until catch guidelines are achieved.
The spawning sanctuaries from the Highway 395/I-82 Bridge to McNary Dam, and from the Rufus grain elevator upstream to John Day Dam will be closed to all sturgeon fishing May 1 through July 31.
(Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times archive)