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ODFW: Sturgeon Retention Starts July 11th
Officials with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that the Bonneville Pool will re-open for sturgeon retention on July 11-12 and July 18-19. On these days the mainstem Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Dam will be for the retention of sturgeon between 38-inches and 54-inches fork length.
Sturgeon fishing (retention and catch-and-release) is prohibited in the sturgeon spawning sanctuary from The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to a line from the east (upstream) dock of the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore during May 1st through July 31st.
For the Dalles Pool and adjacent tributaries, managers announced an August 1st closure based on low catch rates in recent years and a shift in angler effort to fall salmon and steelhead. The pool will remain open for catch-and-release fishing through the end of the year.