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November 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Columbia River sturgeon fisheries are the topic of a public meeting this Tuesday

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Anglers can learn about the state of Columbia River’s sturgeon and what fisheries managers have planned for the 2014 season at a public meeting 6:30 p. m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Oregon Fish and Wildlife’s The Dalles Screens Shop, 3561 Klindt Drive in The Dalles, Oregon.

Washington and Oregon Fish and Wildlife officials will discuss options for the upcoming sport sturgeon fishery, including harvest guidelines and potential season structures, and a proposed sturgeon spawning sanctuary below The Dalles Dam.

Washington fisheries managers are expecting the closure of the sturgeon catch and keep fishery below Bonneville Dam in the Lower Columbia River will also be a hot topic at the meeting.

Both Washington and Oregon came to an agreement to halt catch and keep sturgeon fishing below Bonneville in 2014 to protect declining numbers of fish, and some think this could increase the fishing pressure in Bonneville Pool, which opens for catch and keep on Jan. 1.

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