Columbia Sturgeon fishing to close

Sturgeon fishing to close on Columbia CLACKAMAS — Today is the last day to fish for sturgeon on a stretch of the Columbia River downstream from Bonneville Dam.

The closure was agreed to by Oregon and Washington fishery managers before fishing opened for the ancient, highly prized fish.

But on Thursday, officials with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a reminder that a 3.5-mile area of the Columbia between Beacon Rock and Bonneville Dam closes to sturgeon fishing at the end of the day today.

The closure is in effect through July 31. Also from Sunday through May 13, anglers can’t keep sturgeon caught downstream from the Wauna Powerlines in the Columbia River estuary.

Unlike the Bonneville-area closure, though, catch-and-release fishing will be allowed.

On May 14, the area downstream from the Wauna Powerlines reopens to keeping sturgeon with a 45-inch minimum size limit.

The purpose of the Bonneville closure is to provide a sanctuary to protect broodstock sturgeon hat use the area below the dam.

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