March 5, 2013 Winter Season Tribal Fishery Announcement
Yesterday, the four Columbia River Treaty Tribes announced the following change to their winter gillnet fishery regulations. The Columbia River Compact has concurred with these changes.
The Winter Gillnet Fishery in the Bonneville Pool will close at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, March 6. Fish landed in the Bonneville Pool prior to 6:00 PM on March 6 may be sold even after March 6.
The reason is that the commercial sturgeon guideline for this pool is expected to be met by this date.
The regulations for the winter gillnet fishery in The Dalles pool remain unchanged including the allowable sales.
Allowable Sales for The Dalles Pools: Sturgeon between 43 inches and 54 inches fork length. Sturgeon of legal size may be sold or kept for subsistence. 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.
Salmon Sales Rule: No salmon caught after 6:00 PM on Wednesday March 6 in any tribal mainstem fishery may be sold.
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. After 6 PM, Wednesday March, only fish caught in The Dalles Pool can be sold.
Fisheries Downstream of Bonneville Dam:
For subsistence regulations in areas downstream of Bonneville Dam, please consult your tribe 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 Fish and Wildlife Committee for additional details on tribal regulations. PLEASE WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS FOR SAFETY and avoid overloaded boats.