Lake Roosevelt white sturgeon fishery

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

April 3, 2019

Action: Opens a harvest fishery for white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt.

Effective date: Open 7 days per week beginning June 15, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected: White sturgeon

Location: From Grand Coulee Dam to China Bend Boat Ramp (including the Spokane River from Highway 25 Bridge upstream to 400' below Little Falls Dam, Colville River upstream to Meyers Falls, and the Kettle River upstream to Barstow Bridge)

Fishery rules: Daily Limit 1 sturgeon. Annual Limit 2 sturgeon. It is legal to retain sturgeon between 53 inches and 63 inches fork length. Fork length is measured from the tip of the snout to the middle of the fork in the caudal fin (tail). All harvested sturgeon must be recorded on a Catch Record Card (Catch Code 549). Two-pole fishing is allowed. Closed to night fishing. Anglers may continue to catch and release fish after obtaining a daily limit and after the annual limit has been taken. All other statewide rules for white sturgeon must be observed.

Anglers are asked to use heavy gear (50 lb. test mainline and leader at a minimum) and use14/0 hooks or smaller to avoid catching and/or injuring large wild adult sturgeon.  The request to use heavier gear will ensure anglers hook and land sturgeon effectively, but also is protective of large wild adult brood sturgeon that, if hooked, should be played to hand quickly and released without being removed from the water. WDFW recommends that any fish that will not be legally retained should not be removed from the water prior to release.

Reason for action: White sturgeon hatchery programs began in 2001 in British Columbia (BC) and 2004 in Washington. Stocking ranged from 2,000-12,000 juvenile sturgeon per year from 2001 to 2010 (including both Washington and BC releases).  Survival of hatchery-produced juvenile sturgeon was much higher than anticipated. As a result, there is a surplus of hatchery-origin sturgeon available for harvest from Lake Roosevelt.

Additional information: The Lake Roosevelt co-managers (WDFW, Spokane Tribe, and the Colville Confederated Tribes) will all be conducting sturgeon fisheries. Non-tribal anglers are asked to be respectful of tribal angling, and both tribal and non-tribal sturgeon research that is occurring on the reservoir. 

Anglers are reminded that fishery dates, times, slot limits, daily limits and annual limits may be adjusted over time to ensure that a sustainable population of sturgeon is maintained in Lake Roosevelt, as well equitable access to the fishery among the three co-managers.

Information contact: For more information, contact Chris Donley, WDFW Region 1 Fish Program Manager (509) 892 1001 ext. 307 or Bill Baker, WDFW District 1 Fisheries Biologist (509) 563-5499.

Porcupine Bay Road - Update March 25, 2019

News from Lincoln County Public Works:

Work is progressing nicely at the project.  The plan is to have everything prepped and ready to begin asphalting, striping, and signage in April.  We are planning for a tentative May opening date.

Link to YouTube video of the project:

$50,000 is swimming in Lake Pend Oreille

Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 5:30 a.m.

Spokane Spokesman Review

By Eli Francovich 459-5508

Walleye anglers on Lake Pend Oreille and surrounding waters could catch more than just the tasty fish starting March 1.

Idaho Fish and Game, in partnership with Avista, will offer cash rewards totaling $50,000.

Fifty walleye in Lake Pend Oreille, the Clark Fork River and the Pend Oreille River have been injected in the snout with a tiny, internal tag. These tags are invisible to anglers, but turning in heads from legally caught walleye offers anglers a chance at two types of cash rewards.

Anglers will receive $1,000 for a head that is turned in from a tagged walleye. Additionally, every walleye head turned in enters anglers in the monthly drawing for 10 cash prizes of $100 each, according to an IDFG news release.

The experimental research program is an effort for IDFG to better understand the predatory fish. Surging walleye populations in the lake and river could threaten kokanee populations, which lake managers spent years recovering after the kokanee were decimated by lake trout.

Lake Roosevelt Zebra Mussel Self Certification

Press Release: December 26, 2017

In an on-going effort to prevent aquatic invasive species, the National Park Service (NPS) at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is implementing a mussel-free self-certification program. The NPS is requesting operators certify their boat or personal watercraft free of aquatic invasive species, especially quagga/zebra mussels, prior to launching. Boats that have been in infested waters should be drained of all water, washed thoroughly with hot water and dried for at least 7 days before entering Lake Roosevelt. It is important to remove all dirt, plants and water from boats and trailers prior to launching every time.  Self-certification forms are available at all Lake Roosevelt NRA launch ramps and on the park’s website (

Full Press Release                                                                           Description of Self Certification (QZM Self Certification document)

Download the Certification Form

Download the Certification Form