PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Soon and for a very limited time, recreational sturgeon fishing will be open along part of the Columbia River.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from May 13 to June 5, recreational anglers will be able to catch and keep legal-sized white sturgeon. During the open season days, all sturgeon fishing, including catch-and-release, is prohibited after 2 p.m. on the open season days.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife defined “legal-sized” as a white sturgeon between 44 inches and 50 inches “fork length,” which is measured in a straight line under the fish from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail fin with the fish laying on a flat surface.
Anglers can’t keep green sturgeon.
The season will be open along the mainstream Columbia from the Wauna power lines at river mile 40 downstream to Buoy 10, as well as Youngs Bay and all adjacent Washington tributaries.