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March 19, 2019 Winter Fishery Announcement

Tuesday March 19, 2019

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

Commercial Gillnet Fishery

  • Area: Bonneville Pool only
  • Dates/Times: Extend the ongoing fishery through 6:00 PM Saturday March 23
  • 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. The Spring Creek Hatchery sanctuary is not in effect this time of year.

*2019 Commercial Sturgeon Harvest Guidelines: Bonneville = 500, The Dalles = 415, John Day = 175


Zone 6 Platform and Hook-and-line Fishery

Platform and hook-and-line regulations remain unchanged with sales of fish caught before 6:00 PM Saturday March 23 allowed. The Zone 6 platform and hook-and-line fishery will continue for subsistence purposes after that.


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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