February 14, 2013
SALEM, Ore. – The requirement for recreational fishing anglers to use barbless hooks on the Columbia River and selected tributaries, and an annual bag limit of one sturgeon remain in effect and are not covered by the recent stay ordered by Oregon Court of Appeals regarding enforcement of new rules affecting commercial gillnet fishermen.
Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington are currently in discussions that could lead to a change in the annual bag limit for sturgeon in the near future. If there is a regulation change, notification will be made immediately.
The State remains committed to the policy decisions the Oregon and Washington Fish and Wildlife Commissions made regarding the Columbia River Fisheries Management Reform, including transition of gillnets off the mainstem Columbia and development of alternative gear for mainstem commercial fishing.