Bonneville Pool Fishing
Bonneville Pool re-opens to sturgeon retention
Action: The sport fishery for white sturgeon between Bonneville
Dam and The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River will open to retention for six
• 12:01 a.m., June 30 through July 2, 2011 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) and
• 12:01 a.m., July 7 through July 9, 2011 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday).
Species affected: White sturgeon.
Location: The Columbia River and tributaries from Bonneville Dam upstream to The
Reason for action: The Bonneville Pool harvest guideline of 2,000 white sturgeon
was not reached during the regular season, which closed February 19, 2011. A
balance of 373 fish remains on the guideline.
Other information: Staff will continue to closely monitor catch as the season
continues, and modify the season if necessary to remain within the catch
The section of the Columbia River and tributaries between The Dalles Dam and
John Day Dam remains open to sturgeon retention until the harvest guideline in
that area is reached. Approximately 150 fish remain on the guideline for that
area. The section of the Columbia River and tributaries between John Day Dam and
McNary Dam is closed to retention of white sturgeon. Catch and release of
sturgeon is still allowed in this area. The spawning sanctuaries in John Day
Pool from the Highway 395/I-82 bridge upstream 1.5 miles to McNary Dam and in
The Dalles Pool from the Rufus grain elevator upstream 2.4 miles to John Day Dam
are closed to all sturgeon fishing May 1 through July 31.