February 3, 2022
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 3, 2021 through February 18, 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 3, 2021 and need to provide the following information: name, age, birth date, tribal enrollment number, phone number, and email 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 (3/14/2022-3/18/2022 and 3/21/2022 – 3/25/2022). 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 Jacob Velarde at 509-244-7031.