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Fishing Rule Change
 WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, Washington 98501-1091
 Internet Address: HTTP://www.wa.gov/wdfw
 
September 30, 2003
 
Rules extended for release of sport  sturgeon below Bonneville Dam
 
 
Action: The sturegon retention closure on the Columbia River and tributaries downstream of the Wauna power lines (near Cathlamet) will be extended through Dec. 31.  The Columbia River and tributaries from the Wauna power lines upstream to Bonneville Dam will close to sturgeon retention from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31.
 
Effective date:  Retention closure remains in effect through Dec. 31, 2003, downstream of the Wauna power lines.  Retention closure takes effect at 12:01 a.m., Nov.1 and runs through Dec. 31, 2003, from the Wauna power lines upstream to Bonneville Dam.
 
Species affected:  Sturgeon
 
Location: The Columbia River and tributaries from Bonneville Dam to the mouth. 
 
Reason for action: The dates for retention of sturgeon were adopted because Washington and Oregon fish managers estimate that the harvest guideline below Bonneville Dam of 30,000 fish will be achieved by Oct. 31.
 
Other information:  The Columbia River and tributaries below the Wauna power lines already are closed to sport retention of sturgeon.
 
Information contact: Brad James, (360) 906-6716.
 

Check the WDFW 2003/2004 “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet or the Fishing Section of the WDFW webpage at http:www.wa.gov/wdfw for details on fishing seasons and regulations.  Fishing regulations are subject to change.  Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules.  For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (866) 880-5431.

 

 

 

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