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For Immediate Release Tuesday, June 11, 2003

The Dalles Pool Closes to Sturgeon Retention

PORTLAND - The Columbia River sport fishery between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam will end to sturgeon retention effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 21, because the 400-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 currently is open to the retention of sturgeon through July 9. The daily limit is one sturgeon 42-60 inches. The retention of sturgeon will be prohibited seven days per week July 10-Sept. 30, 2003, or upon attainment of the quota. Catch and release angling may continue during the retention closure.

-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. 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 currently is allowed. This river section is managed for a 1,700 fish quota. The daily limit is one sturgeon 42-60 inches.

THE DALLES DAM UPSTREAM TO JOHN DAY DAM: The retention of sturgeon is prohibited June 21, 2003, 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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