A new two-fish annual catch limit for white sturgeon will take effect Monday.
The statewide rule, which reduces the annual catch limit for white sturgeon in Washington’s waters by three fish per person, was approved by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. The commission reduced the annual catch limit in response to ongoing concerns about white sturgeon abundance in the lower Columbia River.
The change was to take effect May 1, but fishery managers moved up the start date to align with the annual license year that runs April 1-March 31.
Anglers who already have purchased a fishing license for the upcoming license year should note that their catch record card has five boxes for recording their catch of sturgeon, said Cindy LeFleur, regional fisheries manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Anglers need to remember that once they have marked two of those boxes, they have reached their annual limit for white sturgeon, LeFleur said.
LeFleur said the change also will re-establish concurrent fishing regulations for white sturgeon in waters where Washington and Oregon share a boundary.