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Feb 23, 2021 Winter Fishery Announcement

Tuesday February 23, 2021

The Four Columbia River treaty fishing tribes set the following fishery plan and the Columbia River Compact concurred:

Commercial Gillnet Fishery

  • Area: John Day Pool only
  • Dates/Times: 6:00 AM Wednesday February 24 through 6:00 PM Friday February 26
  • Gear: Gillnets with no mesh size restriction.
  • Allowable Sales: Sturgeon from 43 to 54 inches fork length, salmon (any species), steelhead, walleye, bass, carp, catfish, shad, and yellow perch may be sold or kept for subsistence purposes. Fish landed during the open periods are allowed to be sold after the period concludes.
  • Sanctuaries: River mouth and dam closed areas applicable to gillnet gear are in effect.

  • Area: Bonneville Pool only
  • Dates/Times: 6:00 AM Monday March 1 through 6:00 PM Friday March 5
  • Gear: Gillnets with no mesh size restriction.
  • Allowable Sales: Sturgeon from 38 to 54 inches fork length, salmon (any species), steelhead, walleye, bass, carp, catfish, shad, and yellow perch may be sold or kept for subsistence purposes. Fish landed during the open periods are allowed to be sold after the period concludes.
  • Sanctuaries: River mouth and dam closed areas applicable to gillnet gear are in effect.

Additional commercial gillnet fishing time in these pools is possible depending on the catch in this fishery.

2021 Commercial Sturgeon Harvest Guidelines:

  • Bonneville = 500
  • The Dalles = 560
  • John Day = 210

COVID Guidelines

COVID is still spreading in the Columbia River Gorge area. Please review social distancing guidelines in the Safe Fishers, Safe Fisheries guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the vulnerable members of the tribal community @ https://www.critfc.org/safe-fishers-safe-fisheries/


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.

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