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Sept 16, 2016 Fall Season Tribal Fishery Announcement

The Four Columbia River Tribes set the following fishery plan and the Columbia River Compact concurred:

The Zone 6 Commercial Gillnet Fishery

The tribes set the following commercial gillnet opening:

6:00 AM Monday, Sept. 19 through 6:00 PM Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 (4 nights)

  • Area: All of Zone 6
  • Gear: Gillnets with a 8-inch minimum mesh size restriction.
  • Allowable Sales: Salmon (all species), steelhead, shad, walleye, carp, catfish, bass, and yellow perch may be sold or kept for subsistence. Fish landed during open commercial periods may be sold after the open period. Sturgeon between 43-54 inches fork length in The Dalles and John Day pools may be retained only for subsistence use. Sturgeon between 38-54 inches fork length in the Bonneville Pool may also be retained only for subsistence use.
  • Closed Areas: River mouth and Dam closed areas applicable to gillnets are in effect. The Spring Creek Hatchery Sanctuary will be reduced to a 150-foot radius around the hatchery ladder.

Additional commercial gillnet fishing time is expected and will be considered at a later date.

Zone 6 Platform and Hook and Line Fishery

The Zone 6 platform and hook and line fisheries are open for subsistence purposes and commercial sales will be continue to be allowed for fish under existing regulations.

For current information regarding tributary fishing regulations and fishing downstream of Bonneville Dam, please contact tribal fishery departments directly.

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.

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.

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