Winter Season Tribal Fishery Announcement
The January commercial sturgeon setline fishing period in Zone 6 ends at noon January 31, 2013.
The winter season commercial gillnet fishery opens February 1.
Winter Gillnet Fishery Begins: Noon, Friday, February 1 and will close no later than 6:00 PM March 21.
Area: All of Zone 6
Restrictions: All standard river mouth and dam sanctuaries remain in effect. The Spring Creek hatchery sanctuary is not in effect in the winter season.
Gear: There is no mesh size restriction.
Allowable Sales: Sturgeon between 43 inches and 54 inches fork length in The Dalles and John Day pools. Sturgeon between 38 inches and 54 inches fork length in the Bonneville pool. Sturgeon of legal size may be sold or kept for subsistence. Chinook, 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 earlier if the commercial sturgeon harvest guideline for that pool is met before March 21.
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 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.
Fisheries Downstream of Bonneville Dam:
Chinook, Steelhead, walleye, shad, carp, catfish, bass and yellow perch caught downstream of Bonneville Dam may also be sold during times and at places when tribal fisheries are open and when sales of the same species are allowed in Zone 6. Sturgeon are not allowed to be retained in tribal fisheries downstream of Bonneville Dam. No sales of fish are allowed on COE property at Bonneville Dam. Please consult your tribe directly concerning your tribe’s regulations of fisheries downstream of Bonneville Dam.
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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.