Tag Archives: retention

Sturgeon Retention To Open Again On Priest Rapids, Wanapum Pools

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Beginning April 29, recreational anglers will again have an opportunity to harvest hatchery sturgeon from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs, state fishery managers announced today.

PORTIONS OF WASHINGTON’S MID-COLUMBIA WILL OPEN FOR STURGEON RETENTION ON APRIL 29, WDFW HAS ANNOUNCED. THIS ONE WAS CAUGHT JUST BELOW THE FISHING ZONE, ON THE HANFORD REACH, BY ANGLER SCOTT FLETCHER. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

This is the third opening of the fishery in the upper Columbia River, said Chad Jackson, regional fish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

“Not only does this fishery provide a great opportunity for anglers but it’s also helping our efforts to recover white sturgeon populations by reducing their interactions with these hatchery fish,” Jackson said.

Several thousand juvenile sturgeon were released into the upper Columbia River in the early 2000s. Those fish have grown to harvestable size, prompting WDFW to open a fishery in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs.

WDFW is implementing a size restriction for this fishery that is designed to target hatchery-origin sturgeon, while protecting larger wild fish, Jackson said.

Between April 29 and Sept. 1, anglers will be allowed to retain two hatchery sturgeon daily that are between 38 and 72 inches (fork-length) in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs. Sturgeon caught in these reservoirs will not count toward an angler’s annual limit for sturgeon. Anglers will not be required to record sturgeon harvested from the two reservoirs on their catch record cards.

Anglers may fish for sturgeon with two poles with the purchase of a two-pole endorsement.

More details about this fishery can be found on WDFW’s webpage at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

Dalles Pool Sturgeon Retention Closing After Friday

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

The recreational sturgeon season in The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam) will close effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, under rules announced today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

WHILE KEEPER SEASON IN THE DALLES POOL IS CLOSED AS OF JAN. 20, CATCH-AND-RELEASE FISHING CAN CONTINUE. KATIE CRAIG CAUGHT THIS DALLES POOL STURGEON. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

The states decided to close the sturgeon sport fishery based on catch projections which indicate the 100 fish guideline will be achieved by Friday evening.  Catch rates have been high since the season opened Jan. 1, with an estimated 69 fish kept through Jan. 14.

 Sturgeon fishing remains open in the Bonneville and John Day pools, where the guidelines are 325 and 105 fish, respectively.

Retention sturgeon fishing is closed below Bonneville Dam and below Willamette Falls under permanent sport fishing regulations.

Except for specific sanctuaries, catch-and-release sturgeon fishing remains open in all of these waters, even when retention seasons are closed.

2 October Keeper Sturgeon Days On Part Of Lower Columbia OKed

EDITOR’S NOTE, 2:25 P.M., 10-11-17: Updated to reflect decision on fishery

This afternoon, Columbia sturgeon managers approved opening much of the lower river for two days of keeper fishing later this month.

The Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife will open retention Saturday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 26, from Bonneville down to the Wauna powerlines.

STURGEON ANGLERS MAY SEE TWO RETENTION DAYS IN LATE OCTOBER ON THE COLUMBIA BETWEEN BONNEVILLE AND WAUNA IF A PROPOSAL COMES TO PASS. DENNIS JAMES CAUGHT THIS ONE NEAR I-5 SEVERAL SEASONS BACK WHILE FISHING WITH FRIEND RODNEY STALLARD. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Daily limit is one 44- to 50-inch-fork-length white sturgeon.

“Although predicting the results of a sturgeon retention fishery in this area is confounded by multiple issues (lack of recent fishery data, higher abundance of legal-sized fish, a modified size slot, and unknown effort), staff views the … fishery proposal as a reasonable approach for re-opening this fishery,” a joint ODFW-WDFW fact sheet out for today’s decision states.

In a subsequent press release, ODFW noted it’s the first keeper sturgeon fishery in these waters since 2013. The Columbia below the dam was closed for retention from 2014 through 2016 due to a dip in the population.

There’s an estimated “legal abundance” of about 165,000 sturgeon below the dam this year, enough to provide 6,235 for harvest, including 1,245 above Wauna.

As for the other 4,990, 1,245 were reserved for the commercial fleet and 3,235 or 108 percent of the guideline for the area were caught during June’s sport fishery in the estuary below Wauna.

Just under 750 are also available in the lower Willamette, and Oregon managers say they looked at how to hold a retention fishery there.

But keeping it within the quota would “require multiple constraints such as a noon closure,” a restriction on the boat fishing area, opening it when the Columbia was also open and an even skinnier slot limit, they say, so they’re not recommending a fishery.