Oregon and Washington fisheries managers have set the Columbia River sturgeon sport fishing rules for 2004. The rules, adopted Thursday, differ upriver and downriver of the Wauna powerlines, which cross the river at Cathlamet, Wash., near Puget Island.
Below the powerlines, including all Columbia River tributaries, anglers can retain sturgeon seven days a week through April 30, pursue catch-and-release fishing between May 1 and 14; retain sturgeon seven days a week between May 15 and July 23; and pursue catch-and-release fishing between July 24 and Dec. 31. Sturgeon that are kept before April 30 must measure between 42 and 60 inches. Sturgeon that are kept after May 15 must measure between 45 and 60 inches.
Above the power lines, anglers can retain sturgeon seven days a week through Jan. 31, retain sturgeon three days a week (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only) between Feb. 1 and July 31; pursue catch-and-release fishing only (with retention closed) between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30; and retain sturgeon three days a week (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. Sturgeon that are kept must measure 42 to 60 inches.
During retention periods, anglers are limited to one sturgeon per day, with an annual limit of five fish.
The rules do not apply to the sturgeon fishery near Bonneville Dam.