There is change coming up sooner than expected for angler who pursue white sturgeon.
The new two-sturgeon annual catch limit was orginally planned to begin May 1, but state Fish and Wildlife decided to move it up to start April 1. Fishery managers pushed up the date so it now takes effect at the same time state Fish and Wildlife’s annual license year.
The reduction from five sturgeon annually was reduced due to concerns about the dwindling populations in the Lower Columbia River.
Anglers who’ve purchased their new license should note that there are five slots to record sturgeon catch, but they can only keep two. New catch cards should be completed in a few weeks to mark the change.