Tribal Members Needed for White Sturgeon Research and Harvest

White Sturgeon Anglers Needed

February 8, 2021

Tribal Members Needed to Participate in White Sturgeon Research and Harvest with the Spokane Tribal Fisheries Program.

The Lake Roosevelt Sturgeon Recovery (LRSRP) project is looking for enrolled Spokane Tribal Members to help with the harvest and collection of biological data from White Sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt. The LRSRP will be seeking individuals to participate in a two week survey using recreational angling equipment to collect and harvest White Sturgeon. A limited amount of space is available and a special drawing will be held to select individuals.

Participants may apply only once for each of the ten selected days. The application period will be from February 8, 2021 through February 19, 2021. After the application period closes and the drawing finalized, successful applicants will be notified via email. To apply, applicants must be at least 18 years of age on February 8, 2021 and need to provide the following information: name, age, birth date, tribal enrollment number, phone number, and address. Individuals can apply for the drawing by email (shireenb@SpokaneTribe.com) or by calling and speaking with the DNR office manager (509-626-4400). Due to COVID-19 policies, individuals MAY NOT sign up in person at the DNR.

Participants will be assisting tribal biologists with the collection of hatchery White Sturgeon for a food habits survey. All White Sturgeon that are within the slot limit (38-63 in.) will be retained for harvest. During these trips, harvested White Sturgeon do not need to be checked into the Public Safety Building, DNR, or at the Two Rivers Marina. Tribal biologists will record the information at the time of harvest. The survey will run for a two week period (3/15/2021- 3/19/2021 and 3/22/2021-3/26/2021). Angler trips will be 8 hours in length from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Selected individuals must report to the Kettle Falls Marina by 9:00 am on their selected day. Fishing vessels will leave the marina at 9:15 am with or without everyone. Only individuals selected will be allowed to board the vessels. All angling gear will be provided by the LRSRP. Individuals must provide an ice chest or other transport container capable of transporting White Sturgeon fillets. Selected individuals should also provide: food, water, rain gear, and waterproof boots/shoes. Personal floatation devices will be provided by the LRSRP and must been worn at all times while on board the vessels. Alcohol/drugs will not be permitted on the vessels and anyone appearing under the influence of alcohol/drugs will not be allowed to board the vessels.

For more information regarding this survey or any other questions regarding White Sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt please contact Andy Miller or Joe Cronrath at 509-244-7031.

 

2021 White Sturgeon Harvest Fishery Rules and Regulations

Purpose: Collect biological information on White Sturgeon food habits and to increase angler participation in the Tribal White Sturgeon fishery so yearly harvest goals can be met.

Eligibility: Enrolled Spokane Tribal members only.

Regulations: 1. Application period for sign-up will be from: February 8, 2021 to February 19, 2021.

  1. A special drawing will be held on February 22, 2021 to select
  2. Drawing is open to enrolled Spokane Tribal members who are 18 years of age and older on February 8,
  3. One (1) angling trip per person per
  4. Angler trips will be: March 15, 2021 to March 19, 2021, and March 22, 2021 to March 26, 2021. There will be a total of 10 trips each consisting of 6 anglers per trip, for a total of 60 angling trips. Anglers must adhere to current Tribal White Sturgeon fishing
  5. Applicants can apply by email (shireenb@SpokaneTribe.com) or by phone by calling the DNR (509-626-4400). Applicants can sign up for multiple days, but will only be selected once. Once selected, the individuals remaining applications will be
  6. Angling trips will be eight (8) hours from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Selected individuals must report to the Kettle Falls Marina by 9:00 am on their selected day. Fishing vessels will leave the marina at 9:15 am with or without everyone. Only individuals selected will be allowed to board the vessels. Individuals must provide an ice chest or other transport container capable of transporting White Sturgeon fillets. All angling gear will be provided by the Lake Roosevelt Sturgeon Recovery Project (LRSRP).
  7. Selected individuals should also provide: food, water, rain gear, and waterproof boots/shoes. Personal floatation devices will be provided by the LRSRP and must been worn at all times while on board the vessels.
  8. During these trips, harvested White Sturgeon do not need to be checked into the Public Safety Building, DNR, or at Two Rivers Marina. Tribal biologists will record the information at the time of
  9. Alcohol/drugs will not be permitted on the vessels and anyone appearing under the influence of alcohol/drugs will not be allowed to board the
  10. Angler trips will not count towards hours worked and selected individuals must obtain approval from there supervisor and use
  11. Selected individuals are required to carry their membership card, photo ID, and sign a waiver prior to boarding the