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Hook-and-Line Fishery and The Dalles Pool Sturgeon Setline Fishery

2013 SPRING SEASON TRIBAL FISHERY ANNOUNCEMENT

Thursday May 23, 2013

Today, the Columbia River Tribes made the following change to their spring fisheries and the Columbia River Compact concurred:

The Dalles Pool Sturgeon Setline Fishery

The tribes will allow a commercial sturgeon setline fishing period with the following rules:

Setline Fishery Dates: 6:00 AM Friday, May 24 through 6:00 PM Saturday, June 15, 2013.

Area:  The Dalles Pool downstream of the grain elevator at Rufus, Oregon (to avoid impacts to sturgeon spawning upstream)

Restrictions:  All standard dam sanctuaries remain in effect.

Gear:  Standard set line gear is required. Hook size must be 9/0 or larger. Fishers are encouraged to use circle hooks and avoid J-Hooks.

Allowable Sales:  Sales are restricted to Sturgeon only. Sturgeon between 43-54 inches fork length may be sold or retained for subsistence use. Sturgeon between 38-54 inches fork length in the Bonneville pool may also be sold or retained for subsistence use.  Sturgeon must be delivered to the buyer “in the round”, with fins, guts, scutes, and gills intact. Eggs may not be sold if removed from the sturgeon prior to delivery.

Note: The setline fishery may close prior to June 15 if the commercial harvest guideline is projected to be reached.

Hook and Line Fishery

The tribes will allow hook and line fishing with lightweight gear to avoid adult salmon under the following rules:

Dates: These special rules in effect until 11:59 PM June 15. After June 15 time normal platform and hook and line regulations will be in effect.

Area: All of Zone 6

Sanctuaries: Standard dam sanctuaries applicable to hook and line gear.

Gear Restriction: Hook size of #6 or smaller required.  Line weight of 12 lb test or lighter required.

Species: No sturgeon or adult spring chinook may be retained. All other species may be retained. Shad may be sold.

Zone 6 platform Fishery in the Mainstem Columbia River

The Zone 6 platform fisheries and fisheries downstream of Bonneville remain closed at this time.

The reason is that the agreed to spring chinook harvest rate has been reached. At this time, mainstem platform fisheries are not-scheduled to re-open until June 16.

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Tributary fishing regulations are un-changed by this action. For current information regarding tributary fishing regulations, please contact tribal fisheries departments directly.

 

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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 Fisheries Department for additional details on tribal regulations.  PLEASE WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS FOR SAFETY and avoid overloaded boats.

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