Or. Admin. R. 635-042-0133 - Sturgeon Size

(1) White sturgeon with a fork length of 44-50 inches may be taken for commercial purposes from the mainstem Columbia River and Select Areas downstream of Bonneville Dam during commercial salmon and sturgeon fishing seasons with the same fishing gear authorized for the taking of salmon or sturgeon.
(2) Length of a commercially caught sturgeon shall be defined as the shortest distance between the tip of the nose and the fork between the upper and lower lobes of the caudal fin (tail) while the fish lies on its side on a flat surface with its tail in a normal position.
(3) It is unlawful to:
(a) Mutilate or disfigure a sturgeon in any manner which extends or shortens its length to the legal limit, or to possess such sturgeon;
(b) Remove the head or tail of any sturgeon taken for commercial purposes prior to being received at the premises of a wholesale fish dealer or canner;
(c) Have in possession any white sturgeon with a fork length less than 44 inches or greater than 50 inches.
(d) Fail to return to the water immediately and unharmed, any green sturgeon, any white sturgeon not of lawful size, or any white sturgeon taken in excess of any commercial catch or possession limits prescribed by Department rule.


Or. Admin. R. 635-042-0133
FWC 2-1985, f. & ef. 1-30-85; FWC 79-1986(Temp), f. & ef. 12-22-86; FWC 2-1987, f. & ef. 1-23-87; FWC 9-1994, f. 2-14-94, cert. ef. 2-15-94; FWC 15-1995, f. & cert. ef. 2-15-95; DFW 82-1998(Temp), f. 10-6-98, cert. ef. 10-7-98 thru 10-23-98; DFW 42-2000, f. & cert. ef. 8-3-00; DFW 145-2005(Temp), f. 12-21-05, cert. ef. 1-1-06 thru 3-31-06; DFW 5-2006, f. & cert. ef. 2-15-06; DFW 131-2006(Temp), f. 12-20-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07 thru 6-29-07; DFW 9-2007, f. & cert. ef. 2-14-07; DFW 20-2009, f. & cert. ef. 2-26-09; DFW 96-2017(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-26-17 thru 12-31-17; DFW 47-2018, temporary amend filed 04/16/2018, effective 05/14/2018 through 07/02/2018; DFW 48-2018, temporary amend filed 04/16/2018, effective 04/19/2018 through 05/13/2018; DFW 49-2018, temporary amend filed 04/17/2018, effective 05/14/2018 through 07/02/2018; DFW 50-2018, temporary amend filed 04/17/2018, effective 07/03/2018 through 09/30/2018; DFW 6-2019, amend filed 01/23/2019, effective 1/23/2019

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 506.119, ORS 183.325 & ORS 506.109

Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 506.129 & ORS 507.030

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