This year's surprise white sturgeon season up at Lake Roosevelt is proving to be an epic one.

With great catch numbers comes a shortened season for recreational fishermen.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have announced the season will end July 31, one hour after official sunset.

Fishery managers said there were approximately 10,250 white sturgeon available for harvest in Lake Roosevelt to non-tribal anglers over the next several years. By July 31, recreational anglers are expected to have already harvested approximately 3,500 white sturgeon.

Due to higher than anticipated catch, the department is closing this fishery earlier than planned this season to allow for additional sturgeon fisheries on Lake Roosevelt in the coming years.

Sport anglers will have opportunities in the future to harvest the remainder of the state's portion of white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt. .

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