Anglers are getting one more day Saturday to keep sturgeon caught on the Columbia River from the Wauna power lines to Bonneville Dam.
The extra day was approved Friday by Oregon and Washington fisheries managers. Harvest data shows that 4,700 anglers kept fewer than 200 legal-sized sturgeon during the first retention day Oct. 21, which may have been due to heavy rain and wind that made for difficult fishing.
This year marks the first time anglers are able to keep sturgeon on the Columbia River since 2013. Legal retention size is 44-50 inches from snout to the fork of the tail. The bag limit is one legal-size white sturgeon per day, and no more than two for the year regardless when they are caught.
The Willamette River from the falls to the river mouth, including Multnomah Channel, remains closed to sturgeon retention but catch-and-release fishing is allowed. The Gilbert River is closed to all sturgeon angling.