Welp, that was quick.

As of January 20th, emergency rule changes from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife have closed the Dalles Pool.

Retention of recreationally caught white sturgeon is now prohibited.

The John Day Pool (Lake Umatilla) is still open right now for retention of white sturgeon measuring 43 to 54 inches from their snout to the fork in their tail.

Paul Hoffarth, a WDFW district fish biologist, recommends that sturgeon anglers hit the John Day Pool sooner rather than later, given that anglers are making quick work of this year’s quota.