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Let 'Em Go

Sturgeon sport fishery to end in The Dalles Pool

The Columbia River sport fishery for white sturgeon between The Dalles and John Day dams ends at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 21, because the 400-fish quota will be met.

Catch-and-release fishing in this section of the river, known as The Dalles Pool, may continue for the remainder of the year.

Columbia River sturgeon angling is managed on a quota basis for each section of the river.

The following summarizes the current sturgeon angling rules in the Columbia.

BUOY 10 UPSTREAM TO WAUNA POWERLINES: This section of the Columbia, including Youngs Bay, is managed for an 18,000 fish quota and currently is open to the retention of sturgeon through July 9. The daily limit is one sturgeon 42-60 inches.

The retention of sturgeon will be prohibited July 10-Sept. 30, or upon attainment of the quota. Catch-and-release angling may continue during the retention closure.

WAUNA POWERLINES UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM: The retention of sturgeon in this section of the Columbia River, including the Willamette River below Willamette Falls and the Multnomah Channel, is prohibited through June 30.

Catch-and-release angling may continue during the retention closure. The retention season opens July 1. The daily limit is one sturgeon 42-60 inches.

This reach of the river is managed for a 12,000 fish quota. In addition, angling from a floating device is prohibited from Beacon Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam through July 15.

BONNEVILLE DAM UPSTREAM TO THE DALLES DAM, INCLUDING TRIBUTARIES (BONNEVILLE POOL): Anglers currently can keep sturgeon caught in the Bonneville Pool. This river section is managed for a 1,700 fish quota. The daily limit is one sturgeon 42-60 inches.

JOHN DAY DAM UPSTREAM TO MCNARY DAM, INCLUDING TRIBUTARIES (JOHN DAY POOL): Anglers currently can keep sturgeon in the John Day Pool. The quota for this area is 165 fish. The daily limit is one sturgeon 48-60 inches.

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