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Friday, May 18, 2018
By Dave Graybill
I may have reported this earlier, but it is worth repeating. On June 15th Lake Roosevelt will open to fishing for white sturgeon. Last year was the first time in over 20 years that the big impoundment opened to sturgeon fishing and the response from the public was terrific. Anglers harvested an estimated 3,200 hatchery origin sturgeon last season. This year’s target is 1,000 fish. The keeper slot limit has been changed to fish of 53 inches to 63 inches fork length in order to focus on fish that are approaching maturity and to slow the harvest to a sustainable rate. Anglers are being asked to use heavy gear to fish for sturgeon, suggesting 50-pound main line and leader and to use 14/0 hooks or smaller to avoid catching or injuring large, wild adult sturgeon. The area of Lake Roosevelt that is open to fishing will be from Grand Coulee Dam to China Bend Boat Ramp, including the Spokane River from the Highway 25 Bridge upstream to 400 feet below Little Falls Dam, the Colville River upstream to Meyers Falls and the Kettle River upstream to Barstow Bridge. Please visit the WDFW web site and read the news release for complete details.