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WDFW to hear public input on Columbia River salmon and sturgeon policies

The state’s wildlife commission will discuss Columbia River salmon management policies and take public comments on Lower Columbia sturgeon management Friday and Saturday.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018

Off the hook: Swallowed tackle doesn’t seem to stymie sturgeon

A study of sturgeon in Hells Canyon determined a significant portion of the long-lived fish have hooks and other fishing tackle in their digestive tracts, but they seem to be …


Hatchery sturgeon fair game starting April 29 in upper Columbia River

Anglers will be allowed to fish hatchery reared sturgeon from the Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs starting April 29.


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018

Idaho angler catches massive 8-foot sturgeon from his kayak

An Idaho man reeled in a massive 8-foot sturgeon from his kayak Saturday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018

Sturgeon fisheries closed on two sections of the Columbia River

FISHING – Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon have set closure dates for sturgeon fisheries on two sections of the Columbia River while deferring consideration of a recreational smelt fishery …


Sturgeon fishing to reopen on Lake Roosevelt

FISHING – Anglers will again be allowed to fish for sturgeon on Lake Roosevelt. However, the details of the season have yet to be finalized, said Bill Baker, Washington Department …


Out & About: Lake Roosevelt sturgeon fishery closing July 31 to prevent overharvest

Anglers are a victim of their own success at Lake Roosevelt where the reservoir’s first sturgeon fishing season will be closed after opening two months ago, a state fisheries manager …


Carcass of 250-pound fish found at Oregon’s Keno Dam

A worker checking the spill gate at an Oregon dam for obstructions thought he found a log.


Successful sturgeon anglers jamming Lake Roosevelt fish-cleaning stations

The white sturgeon anglers have been catching with high rates of success in Lake Roosevelt’s newly created fishery are big, tough critters – and they’re causing problems at fish cleaning …


Anglers speed through learning curve to catch Lake Roosevelt sturgeon

Brandon Collier and Lorey Chillbeck were among a flotilla of anglers exploring the new opportunity to fish for white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt last weekend. “There was a bit of …


Sturgeon retention opener mulled for lower Columbia

Washington and Oregon unveiled on Friday a controversial proposal to resume limited sturgeon retention in the lower Columbia River beginning with an eight-day estuary fishery in June.


Lake Roosevelt sturgeon season planned; tribes already fishing

After years of closure, a sport fishery for sturgeon on Lake Roosevelt is scheduled to open this summer. However, area Indian tribes, which make their own rules on the Columbia …


New Yellowstone dam challenged over sturgeon worries

Wildlife advocates plan to challenge the approval of a new Yellowstone River dam aimed at benefiting Montana and North Dakota farmers that critics say could kill off a dwindling population …


Hooking memories: Hells canyon sturgeon

Hells Canyon Sport Fishing guide Ryan Rosenbaum was all smiles before releasing a huge white sturgeon in the Snake River last weekend. Even a veteran guide doesn’t often get to …


Extra water released at Libby Dam to help spawning sturgeon

Endangered sturgeon are starting to spawn in the Kootenai River, and extra water will be released through Libby Dam in an effort to mimic pre-dam flow conditions.


Sturgeon die-off in Columbia spurs catch-and-release ban proposal

Numerous decades-old sturgeon dying in the Columbia River near the Tri-Cities are prompting a proposal to close catch-and-release fishing for the species. The proposal is scheduled for consideration today by …


Sturgeon holding on in Columbia system and into Idaho

The population of North America’s largest freshwater fish living between a dam on the Idaho-Oregon border and another in Eastern Washington was holding steady from 14 years ago, according to …


Study tries to boost young sturgeon in upper Columbia

Tribal and state fisheries researchers landed a big incentive this fall to continue their work on reviving white sturgeon numbers in the Columbia River upstream from Kettle Falls. A sturgeon, …


New report identifies threats to sturgeon habitat

SPOKANE — The eggs of endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon in Idaho and Montana are less likely to hatch in the river because of flow changes caused by Libby Dam …


X-rays reveal Snake River sturgeon eating tackle

RIGGINS, Idaho – The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is conducting a three-year study to determine if fishing hooks and lines ingested by sturgeon are adversely affecting the health …


Giant dead fish in lake may be sturgeon

SEATTLE – A Seattle man who came across a giant dead fish as he waterskied on Lake Washington says he first thought it might be a shark. Keith Magnuson now …


States raise concerns about sturgeon

Legal-size sturgeon in the lower Columbia River appear to be at their lowest number since the early 1990s and sport-fishing success its poorest in 20 years. Upstream in Idaho, fish …


Spill didn’t help sturgeon

KALISPELL, Mont. – Efforts to help endangered wild Kootenai River white sturgeon reproduce by spilling water over Montana’s Libby Dam in June haven’t been as successful as hoped due to …


Researchers track Roosevelt’s kokanee, sturgeon and walleyes

Anglers aren’t the only people stalking fish in Lake Roosevelt. Researchers have several projects under way in the 130-mile-long reservoir using radio telemetry to plot movements of kokanee, walleye and …