Starting Monday, Columbia River anglers have 11 days through early June to catch and keep white sturgeon from the river’s mouth to as far east as Puget Island.
White sturgeon between 44 and 50 inches may be retained by anglers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through early June. Only one fish can be kept per day, and only two can be kept for the entire year, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, so prospective fishers should expect to only use up two of the 11 total days keeping what they catch.
The fishery is open on the following dates: May 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 and 29, and June 1, 3 and 5. Whether anglers plan to release or keep the fish, sturgeon angling closes at 2 p.m. each day.
Anglers can retain sturgeon from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia River to as far east as the Wauna power lines, which cross Puget Island near Cathlamet. Adjacent Washington tributaries will also be open for sturgeon fishing.
WDFW officials determined in March that the sturgeon population is large enough to allow for “conservative” fishing. Biologists estimate there are 160,250 legal-sized sturgeon bellow Bonneville dam, of which WDFW plans for 2,960 to be harvested by anglers.
As usual, catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon is allowed. Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited.