Sturgeon retention closes in John Day Pool

Columbia River

Photo Credit: Courtesy of WDFW

by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Action: Closes retention of sturgeon.

Effective date: March 19, 2021

Species affected: White sturgeon.

Location: From John Day Dam to McNary Dam.

Reason for action: Catches increased over the past week. Creel data indicates the quota of 105 sturgeon will be reached by the closure date. 

Additional information: John Day Pool, along with many other stretches of the Columbia River, remain open for catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon. Fishing for sturgeon at night is prohibited.

Information contact: Region 5 office; 360-696-6211.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules 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 360-796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email ([email protected]). For more information, see

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