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(Updated 5-16-13 @ 12:00 pm)
Annual sturgeon bag limit increases to two
SALEM, Ore. – Oregon fishery managers announced today that the statewide annual bag limit for sturgeon will go to two fish effective April 1, 2013.
Since Jan. 1, the annual statewide bag limit has been one legal white sturgeon total for all zones statewide. According to Steve Williams, ODFW fish division deputy director, the increased bag limit is in response to a recent decision by the State of Washington to set its statewide annual sturgeon limit at two for 2013.
“The concurrent regulations should eliminate the confusion about how many sturgeon can be retained by anglers with licenses from both Oregon and Washington,” Williams said.
“While the new bag limit in Washington isn’t scheduled to go into effect until May 1, we understand the state is considering a temporary rule that would push up the effective date to April 1 to match Oregon’s action,” Williams added.
Fish that have been caught and retained since Jan. 1 will count toward the new two fish bag limit.
Anglers also are reminded that in addition to using barbless hooks for sturgeon, they are now required to use barbless hooks for all salmon, steelhead and trout fishing in the Columbia River, Willamette River below Willamette Falls, and several tributaries. Though the new barbless rule went into effect Jan. 1, so far only about 80 percent of anglers are complying with the new barbless hook rule, said Lt. Dave Anderson, Oregon State Police.
“With the spring chinook season heating up and the number of anglers increasing, we’ll be stepping up our enforcement efforts,” Anderson said.
Barbless hooks, new Columbia River endorsement required for sport anglers
The Commission declined to delay the barbless hook requirement on the Columbia River and selected tributaries. Therefore, beginning in 2013, barbless hooks will be required in the mainstem Columbia River up to the OR/WA border and some lower tributaries.
For 2013 the following tributaries will be restricted to barbless hooks:
Columbia River: Closed to salmon and steelhead fishing. June Hog (salmon) season opens June 16th. Sturgeon fishing below McNary has been good.
Snake River: Open to spring chinook fishing.
ClearWater River: No Report.
Deschutes River: Open to steelhead and trout fishing.
John Day River: Bass fishing has been good.
Umatilla River: Closed to Spring chinook fishing May 16th. Trout season opens May 25th
Grande Ronde River: Trout season opens May 25th
Wallowa River: Trout season opens May 25th
Imnaha River: Trout season opens May 25th
Weneha River: Trout season opens May 25th
Walla Walla River: Trout season opens May 25th
McKay Reservoir: Anglers have been catching a few trout, perch and catfish. Night crawlers have been working the best.
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