KENNEWICK — State Fish and Wildlife officials are gathering public comment on possible changes to sturgeon fishing regulations in the Columbia River.
Options being considered to increase the survival of spawning-size sturgeon include:
Extending the dates of all sturgeon spawning sanctuaries in the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to Priest Rapids Dam, and in the Snake River below Ice harbor Dam, through August. Most of these sanctuaries now run from May through July.
Extending the area of the spawning sanctuaries on the Columbia below McNary and Priest Rapids dams.
Closing sturgeon retention fishing within the McNary Reservoir, including the Snake River below Ice Harbor Dam and the Hanford Reach below Priest Rapids Dam.
Public comments may be submitted until Oct. 17 at bit.ly/SturgeonComments.