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

States set 11-day sturgeon season in lower Columbia

Thursday, March 28, 2019

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Today fishery managers from Oregon and Washington set an 11-day recreational sturgeon fishing season during May 13-June 5 on the lower Columbia River.

During this season, recreational fishermen will be allowed to harvest legal-sized white sturgeon three days a week – Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. On all days open to sturgeon retention, all fishing (including catch and release) is prohibited after 2 p.m.

The open area is the mainstem Columbia from the Wauna power lines (at river mile 40) downstream to Buoy 10, plus Youngs Bay and all adjacent Washington tributaries.

The season will be limited to an allowable catch of 2,960 fish. The daily bag limit is one legal-sized white sturgeon, with an annual limit of two fish. Legal-size white sturgeon are those measuring a minimum of 44 inches and maximum of 50 inches fork length, which is measured in a straight line under the fish from the tip of the nose to the fork in the caudal (tail) fin with the fish laying on a flat surface.  Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited.

ODFW fishery managers said they were not prepared to recommend a sturgeon season between Wauna powerlines and Bonneville Dam at this time but indicated they plan to announce a fall season later this year.

For more information, including regulation updates, visit ODFW’s online fishing reports at



John North (971) 673-6029
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038

facebook twitter youtube rss feed

About Us | Fishing | Crabbing & Clamming | Big Game Hunting | Game Bird Hunting | Wildlife Viewing | License / Regs | Conservation | Living with Wildlife | Education | Workday Login

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

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:
Do you need this information in an alternative format or language? Contact 503-947-6000 or click here.

   © ODFW. All rights reserved. This page was last updated: 05/13/2020 2:13 PM