Oregon and Washington Fish and Wildlife departments met October 31st to determine the Columbia River sturgeon harvest season in 2024.
Bonneville Pool Sturgeon Season
First of all, let’s start with the Bonneville Pool, where the sturgeon season is set to open January 1 and run through February 7th or until the quota is met. During that time period, you may only harvest a sturgeon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The slot limit to harvest the sturgeon in the Bonneville Pool is 38 inches to 54 inches.
Sturgeon Season in The Dalles Pool
Sturgeon season In The Dalles pool, will open on the Columbia River on January 1 and go through January 29th or until the quota is met. The slot limit in the Dalles pool is 43-inch minimum and 54-inch max.
This fishery also will be available Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
The John Day Pool Sturgeon Season
The sturgeon season on the Columbia River farther upriver in the John Day Pool will open January 1 and this fishery will be open seven days a week.
The slot limit in the John Day Pool will be from 43 inches at the smallest to 54 inches max. The season on the John Day Pool is expected to run through the end of March unless the quota of sturgeon is met before then.
Additional Sturgeon Regulations
Before fishing any of these pools, make sure to check the current regulations as in-season changes may happen at any time and once the quota is met, the sturgeon season will be shut down immediately.
I will be offering guided sturgeon fishing trips in all three of these pools starting in January. Like always, you will be in the comfort of a covered and heated boat, which is especially important during winters in the Columbia River Gorge and Eastern Oregon.
How to measure a sturgeon?
When you are measuring a sturgeon, you must measure from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail to get an accurate measurement and to stay legal to harvest. You’ll often hear this called the “fork length.” It is easiest to lay the sturgeon on its side when measuring.
Here are a few boat ramps I use during the sturgeon season. Early ramps we’ll likely meet at will be Cascade Locks, Hood River Marina, and The Dalles Marina. When fishing upriver, we’ll meet at either the marina in Rufus or the one at the mouth of the John Day River.
Marvin’s Guide Service will continue to offer catch-and-release sturgeon fishing trips year around.
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