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States allow two days for sturgeon fishing

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Anglers will have two days in September to get out on the Columbia River to catch and retain white sturgeon under rules approved last week by the Oregon and Washington departments of fish and wildlife.

The two-day recreational fishery is Sept. 15 and Sept. 22.

The white sturgeon season is about two weeks earlier than last year, when inclement weather impacted success rates and overall harvest.

Recreational fishers head to the water with an overall harvest guideline of 1,231 fish for the two days. Like all Columbia River fisheries, the white sturgeon fishery is guideline-driven, meaning managers may close the season early once the harvest guideline is achieved.

The area for fishing includes the Columbia and all adjacent Washington tributaries from the Wauna power lines to Bonneville Dam. The lower Willamette River remains closed to sturgeon fishing.

The bag limit is one legal-sized white sturgeon per day and up to two for the year.

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