10/6/2016 Fishery Announcement
The Four Columbia River Tribes set the following fishery plan and the Columbia River Compact concurred:
The Zone 6 Commercial Gillnet Fishery
The tribes will set the following commercial gillnet opening:
- 6:00 AM Monday, Oct. 10 through 6:00 PM Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 (4 nights)
- Area: All of Zone 6
- Gear: Gillnets with no minimum mesh size restriction.
- Allowable Sales: Salmon (all species), steelhead, shad, walleye, carp, catfish, bass, and yellow perch may be sold or kept for subsistence. Fish landed during open commercial periods may be sold after the open period. Sturgeon between 43-54 inches fork length in The Dalles and John Day pools may be retained only for subsistence use. Sturgeon between 38-54 inches fork length in the Bonneville Pool may also be retained only for subsistence use.
- Closed Areas: River mouth and Dam closed areas applicable to gillnets are in effect. The Spring Creek Hatchery Sanctuary will be reduced to 150 feet around the hatchery ladder.
Additional commercial gillnet fishing time is possible and will be considered at a later date.
Zone 6 Platform and Hook and Line Fishery
The Zone 6 platform and hook and line fisheries are open for subsistence purposes and commercial sales will be continue to be allowed for fish under existing regulations.
Needed repairs will be made to power transmission lines at The Dalles Dam on October 13. The work will require power production at the dam to be halted for 9 hours on Oct 13. Because of this, reservoir levels in Zone 6 will need to be modified and may fluctuate widely beginning on October 12 through October 14. This maintenance can not be postponed and fishers should be prepared for these changes.
For current information regarding tributary fishing regulations and fishing downstream of Bonneville Dam, please contact tribal fishery departments directly.
Note: This announcement is an informational document and does not constitute a fishery regulation. Individual tribes determine actual fishing regulations for their members. Copies of regulations are available from tribal fishery departments.
If you have any fishing enforcement problems or need assistance or information, day or night, contact the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Enforcement Office, 4270 Westcliff Drive, Hood River, Oregon. Phone: (541)-386-6363 or toll-free (800)-487-FISH (3474). Show pride in your Tribe’s treaty rights by carrying your tribal ID. Please consult your tribal Fisheries Department for additional details on tribal regulations. PLEASE WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS FOR SAFETY and avoid overloading your boats.