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July 27, 2017 Fishery Announcement

The four Columbia River tribes set the following fishery plan and the Columbia River Compact concurred:

The four Columbia River treaty tribes have adopted regulations consistent with the following:

2017 Treaty Indian Commercial Sturgeon Setline Fishery

  • Season: 6 AM Tuesday August 1 to 6 PM Saturday August 12
  • Area: John Day Pool Only
  • Sanctuaries: Standard river mouth and dam closed areas applicable to setline gear
  • Gear: Setline Gear. Fishers are encouraged to use circle hooks and avoid J-hooks. It is unlawful to use setline gear with more than 100 hooks per set line, with hooks less than the minimum size of 9/0, with treble hooks, without visible buoys attached, and with buoys that do not specify operator and tribal identification.
  • Allowable Sales: Sturgeon from 43 to 54 inches fork length in the John Day Pool may be sold or kept for subsistence purposes. Sturgeon within the legal size limit and caught in the platform and hook and line fishery may only be sold if caught during the open period and open area of the set line fishery. Fish landed during the open periods are allowed to be sold after the period concludes.
  • Additional: 24-hour quick reporting required for Washington buyers, pursuant to WAC 220-352-180 except that landings must be reported within 24-hours of completing the fish ticket. It is unlawful to sell, barter, or attempt to sell or barter sturgeon eggs that have been removed from the body cavity of a sturgeon prior to sale of the sturgeon to a wholesale dealer licensed, or to sell or barter sturgeon eggs at retail. It is unlawful to deliver to a wholesale dealer any sturgeon that are not in the round with the head and tail intact.

2017 Treaty Fishery –Zone 6 Commercial Platform and Hook and Line

  • Season: 12:01 AM August 1 through 6:00 PM October 31.
  • Area: Zone 6
  • Gear: Hoop nets/bag nets, dip nets, and rod and reel with hook and line.
  • Allowable Sales: Salmon (any species), steelhead, shad, yellow perch, bass, walleye, catfish, and carp may be sold or retained for subsistence. Sturgeon of legal size may be sold during the open period of the John Day Pool setline fishery, otherwise sturgeon from 38 to 54 inches fork length in the Bonneville Pool and sturgeon from 43 to 54 inches fork length in The Dalles and John Day Pools may be kept for subsistence purposes. Fish landed during the open periods are allowed to be sold after the period concludes.
  • Sanctuaries: Standard sanctuaries in place for this gear type.
  • Additional: 24-hour quick reporting required for Washington buyers, pursuant to WAC 220- 352180 except that landings must be reported within 24-hours of completing the fish ticket.

2017 Yakama Nation Commercial Fisheries – Zone 6 Tributaries

  • Season: 12:01 AM August 1 through 6:00 PM December 31, and only during days and times open under lawfully enacted Yakama Nation tribal subsistence fishery regulations for enrolled Yakama Nation members.
  • Area: Drano Lake and Klickitat River.
  • Gear: Hoop nets/bag nets, dip nets, and rod and reel with hook and line. Gillnets may only be used in Drano Lake.
  • Allowable Sales: Salmon (any species), steelhead, shad, yellow perch, bass, walleye, catfish, and carp may be sold or retained for subsistence. Sturgeon may not be sold. Sturgeon from 38 to 54 inches fork length may be kept for subsistence.
  • Additional: 24-hour quick reporting required for Washington buyers, pursuant to WAC 220-352-180 except that landings must be reported within 24-hours of completing the fish ticket.

2017 Treaty Fishery – Downstream of Bonneville Dam: Commercial Platform and Hook and Line

  • Season: 12:01 AM August 1 through 11:59 PM October 31, and only during days and times allowed under tribal rules.
  • Area: Area as defined in tribal/state MOUs/MOAs.
  • Participants: Enrolled members of the Yakama, Warm Springs, Nez Perce, and Umatilla tribes when lawfully permitted by Treaty regulations under provisions of the agreements with the states of Oregon and Washington. Tribal members fishing below Bonneville Dam must carry an official tribal enrollment card.
  • Gear: Hook and line and/or platform gear identified in tribal rules.
  • Allowable Sales: Salmon (any species), steelhead, shad, yellow perch, bass, walleye, catfish, and carp may be sold or retained for subsistence. Sturgeon may not be retained in fisheries downstream of Bonneville Dam. Sales of fish are not authorized on COE property downstream of Bonneville Dam. Fish must be transported elsewhere for sale. Fish landed during the open periods are allowed to be sold after the period concludes.
  • Additional: 24-hour quick reporting required for Washington buyers, pursuant to WAC 220-352-180 except that landings must be reported within 24-hours of completing the fish ticket.

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. Be careful on the river as flows are still very high and are expected to remain high for some time.

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