Summer sturgeon season set for Bonneville pool

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Sturgeon fishing will be open June 14-15 and June 21-22 in the Bonneville pool of the Columbia River Gorge.

Washington and Oregon adopted the second portion of the Bonneville pool on Tuesday.

Angling was open daily from Jan. 1 through Feb. 11. Anglers caught 335 sturgeon. That leaves 765 sturgeon remaining on the allocation, said biologist Robin Ehlke of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

State biologists project 688 sturgeon will be caught in the four days, bringing the total season to 1,023 on an allocation of 1,100.

Sturgeon fishing in the winter tends to be best at the west end of Bonneville pool. In the summer, the catch is better distributed with anglers near the Dalles getting more fish.

Ehlke said if catch rates are slower than expected more fishing could be allowed July 6 or July 6-7.