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Chapter 220-316 WAC

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PERSONAL-USE FISHERIESSTURGEON

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HTMLPDF220-316-010Sturgeon—Areas, seasons, limits and unlawful acts.


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SturgeonAreas, seasons, limits and unlawful acts.

(1) It is unlawful to fish for or retain green sturgeon.
(2) It is unlawful to fish for sturgeon with terminal gear other than bait and one single-point barbless hook.
(3) Any sturgeon that cannot lawfully be retained must be released immediately.
(4) It is unlawful to totally or partially remove oversized sturgeon from the water. Oversized sturgeon are defined as: Any sturgeon larger than 55 inches fork length.
(5) It is unlawful to use a gaff or other body-penetrating device while restraining, handling, or landing a sturgeon.
(6) The daily limit for white sturgeon is one fish.
(7) The annual limit for white sturgeon is two fish, regardless of where the angler takes the sturgeon. After an angler reaches their annual limit of white sturgeon, catch and release fishing is permitted in areas open to catch and release fishing.
(8) The possession limit is two daily limits of fresh, frozen, or processed white sturgeon.
(9) It is unlawful to possess sturgeon eggs in the field without retaining the intact carcass of the fish from which the eggs have been removed.
(10) Statewide night closure for white sturgeon fishing.
(11) Coastal marine areas: Open year-round catch and release only.
(12) Coastal tributaries:
(a) Open when season is open for salmon or game fish.
(b) Catch and release only.
(13) Puget Sound marine areas: Open year-round catch and release only.
(14) Puget Sound tributaries:
(a) Open when season is open for salmon or game fish; except: Snohomish River from mouth to Highway 9 Bridge: Open year-round.
(b) Catch and release only.
(15) Columbia River and tributaries (except Snake River):
(a) From a true north-south line through Buoy 10 (the mouth) upstream to a line crossing the Columbia River from navigation marker 82 on the Oregon shore, westerly to the boundary marker on the Washington shore upstream of Fir Point (navigational marker 82 line; including Vancouver Lake and all other waters west of Burlington Northern Railroad from the Columbia River drawbridge near Vancouver downstream to Lewis River (Clark County): Open year-round catch and release only when season is open for salmon or game fish.
(b) From a line crossing the Columbia River from navigation marker 82 on the Oregon shore, westerly to the boundary marker on the Washington shore upstream of Fir Point (navigational marker 82 line) to a boundary marker on the Washington shore approximately 4,000 feet below the fish ladder at the powerhouse, south to the downstream end of Cascade Island, and across to the Oregon angling boundary on Bradford Island (the Cascade Island-Bradford Island line):
(i) Open September 1 through April 30: Catch and release only when season is open for salmon or game fish.
(ii) May 1 through August 31: Closed.
(c) From a boundary marker on the Washington shore approximately 4,000 feet below the fish ladder at the new powerhouse, south to the downstream end of Cascade Island, and across to the Oregon angling boundary on Bradford Island (the Cascade Island-Bradford Island line) to the Bonneville Dam: Closed.
(d) From Bonneville Dam to a line from the east (upstream) dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore:
(i) Open January 1 through April 30 for retention: Minimum fork-length 38 inches and maximum fork-length 54 inches.
(ii) Open May 1 through December 31: Catch and release only when season is open for salmon or game fish.
(e) From a line from the east (upstream) dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore to The Dalles Dam:
(i) Open January 1 through April 30 for retention: Minimum fork-length 38 inches and maximum fork-length 54 inches.
(ii) May 1 through August 31: Closed.
(iii) Open September 1 through December 31: Catch and release only when season is open for salmon or game fish.
(f) From The Dalles Dam to a line crossing the Columbia River at a right angle to the thread of the river located at the west end of the grain silo at Rufus, Oregon:
(i) Open January 1 through April 30 for retention: Minimum fork-length 43 inches and maximum fork-length 54 inches.
(ii) Open May 1 through December 31: Catch and release only when season is open for salmon or game fish.
(g) From a line crossing the Columbia River at a right angle to the thread of the river located at the west end of the grain silo at Rufus, Oregon to John Day Dam:
(i) Open January 1 through April 30 for retention: Minimum fork-length 43 inches and maximum fork-length 54 inches.
(ii) May 1 through August 31: Closed.
(iii) Open September 1 through December 31: Catch and release only when season is open for salmon or game fish.
(h) From John Day Dam to a line from the grain elevators at Patterson Ferry Road on the Oregon shore, straight across to a marker on the Washington shore at the west end of the old concrete foundation:
(i) Open January 1 through April 30 for retention: Minimum fork-length 43 inches and maximum fork-length 54 inches.
(ii) Open May 1 through December 31: Catch and release only when season is open for salmon or game fish.
(i) From a line from the grain elevators at Patterson Ferry Road on the Oregon shore, straight across to a marker on the Washington shore at the west end of the old concrete foundations to McNary Dam:
(i) Open January 1 through April 30 for retention: Minimum fork-length 43 inches and maximum fork-length 54 inches.
(ii) May 1 through August 31: Closed.
(iii) Open September 1 through December 31: Catch and release only when season is open for salmon or game fish.
(j) From McNary Dam to Vernita Bridge: Open year-round catch and release only when season is open for salmon or game fish.
(k) From Vernita Bridge to Priest Rapids Dam:
(i) Open September 1 through April 30: Catch and release only when season is open for salmon or game fish.
(ii) May 1 through August 31: Closed.
(l) From Priest Rapids Dam to Chief Joseph Dam: Open year-round catch and release only when season is open for salmon or game fish.
(m) From Chief Joseph Dam to Grand Coulee Dam and tributaries: Closed.
(n) Roosevelt Lake and tributaries: Closed.
(16) Snake River and tributaries:
(a) From the Snake River mouth (from the Burbank to Pasco railroad bridge) upstream to the downstream end of Goose Island: Open year-round catch and release only when season is open for salmon or game fish.
(b) From the downstream end of Goose Island upstream to Ice Harbor Dam:
(i) Open September 1 through April 30: Catch and release only when season is open for salmon or game fish.
(ii) May 1 through August 31: Closed.
(c) From Ice Harbor Dam upstream to the border with Oregon: Open year-round catch and release only when season is open for salmon or game fish.
(17) A violation of this section is an infraction, punishable under RCW 77.15.160, unless the person has harvested sturgeon. If the person has harvested sturgeon, the violation is punishable under RCW 77.15.380 Unlawful recreational fishing in the second degreePenalty, unless the sturgeon are taken in the amounts or manner to constitute a violation of RCW 77.15.370 Unlawful recreational fishing in the first degreePenaltyCriminal wildlife penalty assessment.
(18) It is unlawful to possess sturgeon taken with gear in violation of the provisions of this section. Possession of sturgeon while using gear in violation of the provisions of this section is a rebuttable presumption that the sturgeon were taken with such gear. Possession of such sturgeon is punishable under RCW 77.15.380 Unlawful recreational fishing in the second degreePenalty, unless the sturgeon are taken in the amounts or manner to constitute a violation of RCW 77.15.370 Unlawful recreational fishing in the first degreePenaltyCriminal wildlife penalty assessment.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 20-05-022 (Order 20-23), § 220-316-010, filed 2/7/20, effective 3/9/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-316-010, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012 and 77.12.047. WSR 16-06-073 (Order 16-30), § 220-56-282, filed 2/26/16, effective 7/1/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 15-13-081 (Order 15-177), § 220-56-282, filed 6/12/15, effective 7/13/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 15-06-065 and 15-06-006 (Order 15-033), § 220-56-282, filed 3/4/15 and 2/20/15, effective 7/1/15; WSR 14-04-120 (Order 14-26), § 220-56-282, filed 2/4/14, effective 3/7/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012 and 77.12.047. WSR 13-11-125 (Order 13-105), § 220-56-282, filed 5/21/13, effective 6/21/13. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.020, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047. WSR 12-18-006 (Order 12-190), § 220-56-282, filed 8/23/12, effective 9/23/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012 and 77.12.047. WSR 12-05-082 (Order 12-17), § 220-56-282, filed 2/16/12, effective 3/18/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. WSR 08-05-039 (Order 08-23), § 220-56-282, filed 2/13/08, effective 1/1/09; WSR 07-05-051 (Order 07-22), § 220-56-282, filed 2/16/07, effective 3/19/07; WSR 06-09-021 (Order 06-67), § 220-56-282, filed 4/11/06, effective 5/12/06; WSR 05-05-035 (Order 05-15), § 220-56-282, filed 2/10/05, effective 5/1/05; WSR 04-07-009 (Order 04-39), § 220-56-282, filed 3/4/04, effective 5/1/04; WSR 03-21-133 (Order 03-273), § 220-56-282, filed 10/21/03, effective 4/1/04; WSR 03-18-006 (Order 03-209), § 220-56-282, filed 8/20/03, effective 9/20/03; WSR 02-08-048 (Order 02-53), § 220-56-282, filed 3/29/02, effective 5/1/02; WSR 01-06-036 (Order 01-24), § 220-56-282, filed 3/5/01, effective 5/1/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. WSR 95-04-066 (Order 95-10), § 220-56-282, filed 1/30/95, effective 5/1/95; WSR 91-08-054 (Order 91-13), § 220-56-282, filed 4/2/91, effective 5/3/91; WSR 90-06-026, § 220-56-282, filed 2/28/90, effective 3/31/90; WSR 89-07-060 (Order 89-12), § 220-56-282, filed 3/16/89.]