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Sturgeon Release Above John Day Dam Takes Effect Saturday

Rule change is result of fishermen reaching harvest guideline

Beginning Aug. 24, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will require anglers to release white sturgeon caught between John Day Dam and McNary Dam on the Columbia River.

The new sturgeon rule becomes effective at 12:01 a.m., Aug. 24, and will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2002.

Reason for action:

The cut-off date for retention of sturgeon was adopted because Washington and Oregon fish managers estimate that the harvest guideline of 165 fish will be caught by Aug. 24.

Other information:

The reservoirs and tributaries between Bonneville Dam and John Day Dam are already closed to retention through Dec. 31.

The Columbia River and tributaries below Bonneville Dam are closed to sport retention of sturgeon through Sept. 30.

Check the WDFW 2002 "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet or the Fishing Section of the WDFW Web page at www.wa.gov/wdfw for details on fishing seasons and regulations.

Fishing regulations are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at 360-902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules.

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