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Sturgeon retention closed in The Dalles Pool as of Tuesday, March 22

March 21, 2022

CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Fishery managers have closed sturgeon retention in The Dalles Pool (Columbia River from The Dalles Dam to John Day Dam and all adjacent tributaries) effective tonight at 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2022. Closing the season now is necessary to stay within catch guidelines.

While The Dalles Pool sturgeon fishery is closing before the end of the month, this is the first time since 2017 that this fishery has lasted into March.

"We tried a 'days per week' management approach in this reservoir for the first time in 2022," said ODFW Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program Manager Tucker Jones. "This allowed angling opportunity to be spread out over time and provided a more orderly season structure. It's something we will likely consider in the other reservoirs in the future."

Sturgeon retention is now closed throughout the Columbia River. Catch-and-release sturgeon angling remains open all year, except angling for sturgeon is prohibited May 1 through Aug. 31 within the designated sanctuary areas in each of the dam tailraces.

For the latest Columbia River regulations always visit the Recreation Report Fishing Report at



Tucker Jones, (971) 673-6063
Michelle Dennehy, (503) 931-2748

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