Photo Courtesy Great NW Rivers Guide Service
CLACKAMAS, Ore. — The Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife will host an informational meeting open to the public on May 30 to solicit input on potential 2017 recreational sturgeon fisheries in the lower Columbia River. The meeting will be held at the Heathman Lodge (7801 NE Greenwood Drive Vancouver, Washington) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The lower Columbia River has been closed to sturgeon retention since 2014 due to concerns about population status. A joint state hearing originally scheduled for today to consider the sturgeon fishery has been postponed to allow additional notification time for members of the public who may want to participate. Joint state staff want to ensure the general angling public has had an opportunity to review the proposal and provide input on the potential fishery, so both states decided to postpone the originally scheduled meeting.
A draft of the proposed fishery structure will be posted for public review on Friday, May 26 at this website: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/
Following the May 30 public meeting, the Departments will host a publically open Joint State Hearing on May 31 to discuss potential adoption of fishery.