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2013 Winter Season Tribal Fishery Announcement

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The four Columbia River Treaty Tribes will make the following change to their winter gillnet fishery regulations.  The Columbia River Compact has concurred with these changes

The Winter Gillnet Fishery in the John Day Pool will close at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, February  27Fish landed prior to 6:00 PM on February 27 may be sold even after February 27.

The reason is that the commercial sturgeon guideline is expected to be met by this date.

The regulations for the winter gillnet fisheries in the Bonneville and The Dalles pools remain unchanged including the allowable sales.

Allowable Sales for Bonneville and The Dalles Pools:  Sturgeon between 43 inches and 54 inches fork length in The Dalles pool and   Sturgeon between 38 inches and 54 inches fork length in the Bonneville pool.  Sturgeon of legal size may be sold or kept for subsistence.  Chinook, Steelhead, walleye, shad, carp, catfish, bass and yellow perch may also be sold. Tribal fishers are reminded to use their first salmon in an appropriate traditional manner.

NOTE: The tribes may take action to close any pool prior to March 21 if the commercial sturgeon harvest guideline for that pool is met before then.


Zone 6 Platform and Hook and Line Fisheries:

Fish harvested in the Zone 6 platform and hook and line fisheries during times when commercial gillnet fishing occurs in that pool are allowed to be sold.  The allowed species for sale are the same as the gillnet fishery. The same size limits for sturgeon as the gillnet fishery also apply to the Zone 6 platform and hook and line fishery.  Platform and hook and line fishing for subsistence purposes is allowed in all of Zone 6.

Fisheries Downstream of Bonneville Dam:

Chinook, Steelhead, walleye, shad, carp, catfish, bass and yellow perch caught downstream of Bonneville Dam may also be sold during times and at places when tribal fisheries are open and when sales of the same species are allowed in Zone 6. Sturgeon are not allowed to be retained in tribal fisheries downstream of Bonneville Dam. No sales of fish are allowed on COE property at Bonneville Dam. Please consult your tribe directly concerning your tribe’s regulations of fisheries downstream of Bonneville Dam.


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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). Please consult your tribal Fish and Wildlife Committee for additional details on tribal regulations.  PLEASE WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS FOR SAFETY and avoid overloaded boats.

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