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Winter Fishery Announcement

January 28, 2016

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

Commercial Gillnet Fishery

  • Area: The Dalles and John Day Pools only
  • Dates/Times: 6:00 AM Monday February 1 through 6:00 PM Saturday February 13
  • Gear: Gillnets with no mesh size restriction.
  • Allowable Sales: Sturgeon from 43 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.

Additional Commercial Gillnet Fishing Time Is Expected. Bonneville Pool Fishing Will Be Scheduled At A Later Date

Zone 6 Platform and Hook-and-Line Fishery

  • Area: All of Zone 6
  • Dates/Times: 6:00 AM Monday February 1 through 6:00 PM Monday March 21
  • Gear: Hoop nets, dip bag nets, dip nets, hook and line.
  • Allowable Sales: Salmon (any species), steelhead, shad, carp, catfish, walleye, bass, and yellow perch may be sold or retained for subsistence. Sales of fish are allowed after the fishing period as long as they were landed during the open period. Sturgeon of legal size for that pool may be sold only if caught during open commercial gillnet periods for that pool. Sturgeon from 43-54” fork length in the John Day and The Dalles pools and from 38-54” in the Bonneville Pool may be retained for subsistence.

For current information regarding tributary fishing regulations, please contact tribal fishery 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.

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 Fisheries Department for additional details on regulations applicable to you. PLEASE WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS FOR SAFETY and avoid overloading your boats.

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