June 3, 2014
CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- Oregon and Washington fishery managers today announced the closure of sturgeon retention in the John Day Reservoir and adjacent tributaries of the Columbia River, effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, June 14.
Under this ruling, the last day of retention sturgeon fishing in John Day Pool is Friday, June 13, when anglers are expected to achieve their season quota of 500 fish. Only catch-and-release sturgeon fishing will be allowed in this section of the river after that date.
Retention sturgeon fishing remains open in The Dalles Pool, which is currently well within its harvest quota of 300 fish. In this area, sturgeon must be 43-54 inches fork length to be retained.
Bonneville Pool, which closed to sturgeon retention on March 10, is scheduled to reopen for the summer season on two Friday-Saturday periods, June 13-14 and June 20-21. In this area, sturgeon must be 38-54 inches fork length to be retained. Anglers are reminded that fishing for sturgeon is prohibited during May through July from the boat ramp at the Port of The Dalles 1.8 miles upstream to The Dalles Dam.
The bag limit on sturgeon retention is one fish per day up to a total of two for the year.
John North (971) 673-6029
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038