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Sturgeon anglers reminded to observe 3-day season on Willamette, Columbia



January 15, 2009


Chris Kern (971) 673-6031
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038
Fax: (971) 673-6070

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – After a difficult start to the 2009 fishing season precipitated by heavy snow and flooding, anglers are starting to venture back out onto the Willamette and Columbia rivers in pursuit of white sturgeon.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds anglers that new regulations for sturgeon fishing are now in effect.

Permitted sturgeon fishing days have changed under the rules for 2009.

This year, retention of legal-sized sturgeon is allowed three days a week – Thursday, Friday and Saturday – on the Willamette River, Multnomah Channel and the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam downstream to the Wauna power lines at River Mile 40.

These areas are closed to sturgeon retention Sunday through Wednesday. However, they are open to catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon on these days.

The sturgeon season is currently open to retention 7 days a week below the Wauna power lines and above Bonneville Dam.

Another change that sturgeon anglers need to be aware of is the new method of measuring sturgeon for retention. The correct way to measure this species is from the tip of the nose to the fork of the tail. White sturgeon on the Willamette and Columbia from Bonneville to the Wauna power lines must measure 38-54 inches with this measure to be retained. A more detailed explanation of the new fork length measurement technique and why the change was made is available on ODFW’s website.

Some anglers have been cited recently for retaining fish on Sunday in the Willamette, which is illegal, and for retaining sturgeon that were improperly measured. Anglers should ensure that they are aware of which area they are fishing and which rules apply to avoid legal problems. A more detailed description of the sturgeon fishing dates and legal lengths is available on the ODFW website and by calling ODFW’s 24-hour information hotline at 503-947-6001.




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