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Regulations Changes for Oregon

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

STURGEON

  • Effective January 1-March 31, 2013, the annual bag limit for Oregon is one legal white sturgeon total for all zones statewide.
  • Effective April 1-December 31, 2013, the annual bag limit for Oregon is two legal white sturgeon total for all zones statewide.  All white sturgeon caught and retained during January 1-March 31, 2013 will count toward the annual limit for all zones statewide.
  • The retention of green sturgeon is prohibited at all times.
  • Anglers are limited to the use of one single-point barbless hook while angling for white sturgeon.
  • It is unlawful to use lamprey for bait.
  • In all areas, catch-and-release sturgeon angling is allowed during non-retention periods, unless otherwise indicated.
  • The lower Willamette River (including Multnomah Channel and the Gilbert River) sturgeon regulation updates can be found under theWillamette Zone.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to Wauna Powerlines
(mainstem Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines (River Mile 40) downstream to the mouth at Buoy 10, including Youngs Bay; and all adjacent Washington tributaries)

  • Open to retention of white sturgeon 7 days per week during January 1 – April 30, 2013, and May 11 – June 30, 2013.
  • Daily bag limit is 1 white sturgeon, 38-54 inches FORK LENGTH during January 1 – April 30, 2013 and 41-54 inches FORK LENGTH during May 11 – June 30, 2013.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Wauna Powerlines (RM 40) upstream to Bonneville Dam (including all adjacent Washington tributaries)

  • Open to retention of white sturgeon on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays during January 1 – June 15, 2013 and October 19 – December 31, 2013.
  • Daily bag limit is 1 white sturgeon, 38-54 inches FORK LENGTH.
  • Angling for sturgeon is prohibited from May 1-August 31 from Bonneville Dam downstream nine miles to a line crossing the Columbia River from Navigation Marker 82 on the Oregon shore, westerly to the boundary marker on the Washington Shore upstream to Fir Point.
  • Effective February 1 – April 30 angling is prohibited for all species in the area from a line between the upstream end of Sand Island (near Rooster Rock) and a marker on the Oregon shoreline, downstream to a line between the lower end of Sand Island and a marker on the Oregon shoreline.
  • The Sandy River is closed to sturgeon retention.

COLUMBIA RIVER RESERVOIRS, between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam
Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates from Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day reservoirs can be found on the WDFW’s Southwest Washington Fishing Reportsweb page.

Bonneville Reservoir (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam)

  • The Columbia River and adjacent tributaries in this area are closed to the retention of white sturgeon effective 12:01 am Monday February 11, 2013.  A summer retention season is anticipated to harvest the remaining guideline.

The Dalles Reservoir (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam)

  • Effective January 1, 2013, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week until the catch guideline of 300 legal white sturgeon has been met.  The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length.

John Day Reservoir (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam)

  • Effective January 1, 2013, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week until the catch guideline of 500 legal white sturgeon has been met.  The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length.

McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border

  • Effective January 1 – 31, 2013, retention of white sturgeon prohibited in this section of the Columbia River.
  • Effective February 1, 2013 through July 31, 2013, this section of the Columbia River will be open to retention of white sturgeon seven days per week.  The daily bag limit is one sturgeon between 43 – 54 inches fork length.
  • Catch and release of sturgeon may continue during sturgeon retention closures.

Image courtesy Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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