FISHING: Bonneville reservoir sturgeon retention OK’d

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comDecember 22, 2013 

Recreational fishing for white sturgeon in the Bonneville Reservoir of the Columbia River will open to retention daily on Jan. 1.

The season, for the Columbia and its tributaries from Bonneville Dam up to The Dalles Dam, will run through Jan. 19.

Fishery managers decided that closing the fishery to sturgeon retention Jan. 20 will reserve enough fish for a summer retention season. This decision was made by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon at a joint public hearing Dec. 11.

The harvest will be monitored, with a check-in planned for mid-January to consider whether modifications are necessary to balance the harvest between winter and summer seasons. Fishery managers will meet again in March or April to set dates for the summer retention season and to consider a proposal to establish a May-July spawning sanctuary downstream of The Dalles Dam, according to a state news release.

Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon will still be allowed between Bonneville and The Dalles dams when retention is not allowed.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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