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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 8, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Columbia River’s John Day Pool sturgeon catch and keep fishery closes after this coming Saturday

The sturgeon catch and keep fishery in the John Day Pool of the Columbia River is coming to an end soon.

State Fish and Wildlife fishery managers predict the harvest guideline of 500 sturgeon is expected to be achieved by June 14 in the Columbia and its tributaries from John Day Dam up to McNary Dam.

Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon will remain open in this stretch of the river.

The Columbia and its tributaries between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam, excluding the spawning sanctuary, will stay open to sturgeon catch and keep until the harvest guideline is attained.

The Lower Columbia from Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam, excluding the spawning sanctuary, is scheduled to reopen for sturgeon catch and keep on June 13-14 and June 20-21 only.

State Fish and Wildlife defines the three sturgeon spawning sanctuaries from McNary Dam downstream 1.5 miles to the Highway82 (Highway 395) Bridge, from John Day Dam down 2.4 miles the Rufus grain elevator, and from The Dalles Dam down 1.8 miles to a line from the east (upstream) dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore, are closed for sturgeon through July 31.

 

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