Fishing: States meet to discuss Bonneville sturgeon

November 24, 2013 

Fisheries staff from the Washington and Oregon will discuss options for managing the 2014 recreational white sturgeon fishery in the Bonneville Pool of the Columbia River on Tuesday in The Dalles.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. at ODFW’s The Dalles Screen Shop, 3561 Klindt Drive.

Topics include harvest guidelines and potential season structures for Bonneville Pool in 2014, as well as a proposed sturgeon-spawning sanctuary below The Dalles Dam, according to a news release.

Brad James, a fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said he also expects the closure of sturgeon retention in 2014 below Bonneville Dam to be a topic of discussion.

Both states banned sturgeon retention below the dam effective Jan. 1, due to concerns about ongoing population declines.

Catch-and-release fishing is currently permitted in the Bonneville Pool, which is scheduled to open to retention fishing Jan. 1.

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