Anglers have more time to catch and keep white sturgeon in the Columbia River estuary and in the Bonneville Pool.
Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon Thursday made the decisions after assessing catch data for both fisheries.
Anglers now will be allowed to catch and retain legal-size white sturgeon between the mouth of the Columbia River and the Wauna powerlines near Cathlamet through July 31, or until the harvest guideline is reached.
The fishery, which opened in May, was originally scheduled to close Monday and then re-open for four more days of fishing from July 1-4, the news release said.
The additional days are intended to give anglers the chance to catch an estimated 5,570 sturgeon still available for harvest in the estuary, said Brad James, a fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The catch guideline for that area is 6,800 fish.
Managers will meet again July 13 to review the catch data for the estuary, James said. If the catch is greater than expected, changes to the fishery may be necessary.
Anglers fishing the estuary have a daily catch limit of one white sturgeon, with a fork-length measurement of 41 inches to 54 inches. All green sturgeon must be released.
Anglers also will be allowed to catch and retain legal-size white sturgeon Thursday-July 2 and July 7-9 from the Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam. Anglers fishing the Bonneville Pool will have a daily catch limit of one white sturgeon, with a fork-length measurement of 38 inches to 54 inches.
An estimated 373 white sturgeon are still available for harvest in the Bonneville Pool sport fishery, James said. The guideline for that area is 2,000 white sturgeon.