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Winter Gillnet Fishery Update

The winter gillnet fishery begins on February 1. This fishery generally targets sturgeon although some steelhead are usually caught as well. The closure date is set when any of the harvest guidelines are reached, which usually happens by March 21. Sturgeon harvest guidelines are set partly from information gathered by stock assessments. Only one pool is assessed each year and last year’s was done in the John Day Pool. The tribes and states will meet on Feb. 12 and could decide to modify the harvest guideline for the John Day Pool based on the new stock assessment. If any changes are made, information will be distributed to fishers.

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