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Contact: Anne Pressentin Young (503) 872-5264 x5356
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For Immediate Release Friday, June 27, 2003

Bonneville Pool Closes to Sturgeon Retention

PORTLAND – The Columbia River sport fishery between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam will end to sturgeon retention effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 7, because the 1,700-fish quota will be met. Catch and release fishing may continue for the remainder of the year.

Columbia River sturgeon angling is managed on a quota basis for each section of the river.

The following summarizes the current sturgeon angling rules in the Columbia:

-BUOY 10 UPSTREAM TO WAUNA POWERLINES: This section of the Columbia River, including Youngs Bay, is managed for an 18,000 fish quota and closes to the retention of sturgeon after today’s fishing. Catch and release angling may continue during the retention closure. This section of the river reopens to retention Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003.

-WAUNA POWERLINES UPSTREAM TO BONNEVILLE DAM: The retention of sturgeon in this section of the Columbia River, including the Willamette River below Willamette Falls and the Multnomah Channel, is prohibited seven days per week March 24-June 30, 2003. Catch and release angling may continue during the retention closure. The retention season opens July 1 and the daily limit is one sturgeon 42-60 inches. This reach of the river is managed for a 12,000 fish quota. In addition, angling from a floating device is prohibited from Beacon Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam during May 1 through July 15, 2003.

BONNEVILLE DAM UPSTREAM TO THE DALLES DAM INCLUDING TRIBUTARIES (BONNEVILLE POOL): The retention of sturgeon in Bonneville Pool will be prohibited after the Sunday, July 6, fishing day for the remainder of the year. The daily limit is one sturgeon 42-60 inches. Catch and release angling may continue during the retention closure.

THE DALLES DAM UPSTREAM TO JOHN DAY DAM: The retention of sturgeon is prohibited through the remainder of the year. Catch and release angling may continue during the retention closure.

JOHN DAY DAM UPSTREAM TO MCNARY DAM, INCLUDING TRIBUTARIES (JOHN DAY POOL): The retention of sturgeon in John Day Pool currently is allowed. The quota for this area is 165 fish. The daily limit is one sturgeon 48-60 inches.

Please consult the 2003 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations pamphlet for further information for the Columbia River Zone.

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I've found many of those fish above the dam to be skinny and not so good eating in recent years. Might be the diet of PCB clams and crawdads :sick: :shrug:
 
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