Sturgeon anglers to get four days in June in Bonneville pool

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Sturgeon retention in the Bonneville pool of the Columbia River will be open for four days in mid-June.

Washington and Oregon agreed Monday to allow retention on June 15-16 and June 22-23 between Bonneville and The Dalles dams.

The season was open Jan. 1 through Feb. 18 with retention of 940 sturgeon from a guideline of 2,000.

At a mid-December meeting in The Dalles, the public asked for a split season with some retention allowed during the better weather of summer and after school is out.

Biologist Robin Ehlke of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said it projected anglers will keep 892 sturgeon during the four days. That would place the season catch at 1,832, which is 92 percent of the allocation.

If catch rates are less than expected, sturgeon retention could be allowed July 7 or July 7-8, she said.

John Day closure — John Day pool will be closed to sturgeon retention beginning May 21.

Ehlke said 332 sturgeon had been kept in the pool out of a guideline of 500.

Given the catch rates, the 500 fish are projected to be kept by May 20.