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Sept 6, 2017 Tribal Fishery Announcement

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

Commercial Gillnet Fishery Zone 6

  • Area: All of Zone 6
  • Dates/Times: 6 AM Monday, September 11 to 6 PM Friday, September 15 (4 nights)
  • Gear: Set and Drift Gillnets with an 8-inch minimum mesh size restriction.
  • Allowable Sales: Salmon (any species), steelhead, shad, yellow perch, bass, walleye, catfish and carp may be sold or retained for subsistence. Fish landed during the open periods are allowed to be sold after the period concludes. Sturgeon may not be sold, but 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 and may be kept for subsistence purposes.
  • Closed Areas: River mouth and dam closed areas applicable to gillnets in effect including the standard Spring Creek Hatchery sanctuary.

The tribes will consider additional fishing at a later time.

Zone 6 Platform and Hook-and-Line Fishery

  • The Zone 6 Platform and Hook and Line fishery continues under existing regulations for both subsistence and commercial use.

For information on other fisheries such as tributaries or downstream of Bonneville please consult the tribal Fish and Wildlife Departments directly.

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.

Gorge Fire Fishery Update

The current tribal fishery closes in two days (Friday at 6:00 pm). Please be sure to plan accordingly and give plenty of time to remove gear from the river. High levels of smoke in the Gorge is creating dangerous human health hazards. If conditions warrant, use a face mask as prolonged smoke exposure, particularly during strenuous activity, can be harmful. Vulnerable individuals with chronic cardiovascular or pulmonary disease, children, and the elderly should be especially cautious. If you feel the effects of smoke inhalation (nausea, headaches, or respiratory problems) please get inside or visit a medical facility.

Barges are still operating on the Columbia River so please keep an eye out and use normal precautions.

If you must access the Columbia River in the lower Bonneville Pool, consider using access sites on the Washington shore. Boat ramps at Cooks, Wind River, Stevenson, Drano Lake, and White Salmon are currently accessible for fishers needing to access the river or gear. Please note that these could change depending on conditions.

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.

Note: CRITFC distributes periodic wind and weather advisories by email during commercial gillnet periods. If you would like to be added to the email distribution list, please respond to this announcement and we will add you to the list.

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