Oregon’s Sturgeon Bag Limit Reduced to One Fish

Under new rules adopted by the Fish and Wildlife Com­mis­sion, Oregon’s stur­geon bag limit will be reduced to one fish per year begin­ning in 2013.

The new rule cov­ers all Ore­gon waters includ­ing the North San­tiam, all other inland rivers, bays and estu­ar­ies.  The rul­ing super­sedes a two fish annual bag limit set last Sep­tem­ber as part of the 2013 Sport Fish­ing Regulations.

At its Decem­ber 7, 2012 meet­ing, the Com­mis­sion con­sid­ered a pro­posal from an Oregon/Washington Work­group to close stur­geon reten­tion in most state waters in 2013, but decided on the reduced bag limit as a tran­si­tion to catch-and-release only fish­ing in 2014.

The reduced bag limit comes after sev­eral years of declin­ing har­vest quo­tas reflect­ing con­cerns about shrink­ing num­bers of legal-sized fish.

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