Posts Tagged ‘sturgeon’

Spring Chinook and Sturgeon Seasons Set for Oregon and Washington

Friday, February 19th, 2010

odfw_logoOregon and Washington just adopted spring Chinook salmon and sturgeon fishing seasons for the Columbia and Willamette rivers yesterday during a joint state hearing, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).

The Columbia River spring Chinook seasons are based on a forecast of 470,000 returning upriver spring Chinook, said ODFW. As a conservative measure, the two states decided to adopt a 40 percent buffer, leaving a combined harvest guideline of 17,200 fish in the sport fishery downstream of Bonneville Dam. Similarly, the sturgeon seasons are based on a recreational harvest guideline of 19,200 fish, including 3,600 in the Willamette.


Sturgeon Season Extended!

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Oregon and Washington extended the white sturgeon fishing season in the lower Columbia River, giving anglers a chance to catch the 4,100 fish still available under the season’s harvest limit.

Now, anglers will have two additional opportunities to legally fish white sturgeon on the Columbia. The first three-day retention period will take place Friday, July 10 through Sunday, July 12. The second period will take place Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19.


Sturgeon Season Opens New Year’s Day

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced that fishing season for Columbia River white sturgeon will open New Year’s Day.  WDFW says that rules similar to those in 2008 will apply but with tighter catch limits below Bonneville Dam.

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon said that in order to compensate for high harvest levels in 2008, catch limits will be 2,000 fish less in the lower Columbia River and adjoining tributaries in 2009. According to WDFW, the new catch limits were adopted following a decision by the fish and wildlife commissions of both states to extend the management agreement for 2006-08 through 2009.