The Oregon Seal Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife  
 » ODFW Home    » ODFW News Releases
About Us Fishing Hunting Viewing License/Regs Conservation Living With Wildlife Education
News Releases
Willamette sturgeon retention season delayed until February
Columbia River seasons to open Jan. 1

Dec. 20, 2011

SALEM, Ore. -- For a second straight year the traditional Jan. 1 opener for white sturgeon retention on the lower Willamette River, including Multnomah Channel and the Gilbert River, will be delayed because of an anticipated cut in the harvest quota.

ODFW fishery managers will consult with the Fish and Wildlife Commission at the Jan. 6 meeting regarding 2012 sturgeon management.  Based on Commission guidance, dates for the retention season in the lower Willamette will be announced around mid-January. 

According to John North, ODFW Columbia River fisheries manager, when the retention season does open in February it’s likely to be even shorter than the 12 day season in 2011.

“With the reduced catch quota and more anglers targeting Willamette River sturgeon, I expect the retention season to last just a couple of weekends,” he said. “However, the lower Willamette and other sturgeon fisheries are currently open to catch-and-release fishing all year.”

More details about the harvest quota and possible season structures on the lower Willamette will be available after the first of the year.

In the meantime, the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam and the reservoirs between Bonneville and McNary dams will open to white sturgeon retention on Jan. 1 under permanent rules.  The seasons below the Wauna power lines and in the three pools above Bonneville Dam will initially be open seven days a week while the area from Wauna upstream to Bonneville Dam will be open three days a week (Thursday – Saturday).  Final 2012 retention seasons for mainstem fisheries will be discussed and set at a Joint State Hearing on Jan. 26.




John North (971-673-6029
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023

facebook twitter youtube rss feed

About Us | Fishing | Hunting | Wildlife Viewing | License / Regs | Conservation | Living with Wildlife | ODFW Outdoors

ODFW Home | Driving Directions | Employee Directory | Social Media | | File Formats | Employee Webmail | ODFW License Agents

4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE   ::   Salem, OR 97302   ::    Main Phone (503) 947-6000 or (800) 720-ODFW [6339]

Do you have a question or comment for ODFW? Contact ODFW's Public Service Representative at:
Share your opinion or comments on a Fish and Wildlife Commission issue at

   © ODFW. All rights reserved. This page was last updated: 12/22/2011 4:01 PM