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Sturgeon Season Reopens Sept. 28

Sport fishery runs from Bonneville Dam to the Dalles Dam

The sport sturgeon fishery from Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam reopens Saturday, Sept. 28, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced last week.

Fishery rules will allow anglers to retain sturgeon caught in the Columbia River and tributaries from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam.

The season will run Sept. 28 through Dec. 31.

WDFW's decision to reopen the sturgeon fishery will allow anglers to catch 280 sturgeon remaining on the 2002 sturgeon sport harvest guideline for Bonneville Reservoir.

Bonneville Reservoir was closed on Aug. 5 to the retention of sturgeon in anticipation of achieving the 1,520 fish guideline for 2002.

However, the number of fish caught fell 280 fish short of guideline. Retention of sturgeon is still prohibited from The Dalles Dam upstream to McNary Dam.

Retention of sturgeon from Bonneville Dam downstream to the river mouth will re-open Nov. 23 instead of Oct.1, as initially planned.

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