Wednesday, June 7, 2023 The Four Columbia River treaty fishing tribes set the following fishery plan and the Columbia River Compact concurred:
The tribes have taken a cautious approach to the initial summer season fishery to address uncertainties in run sizes and catch rates in an effort to avoid risks of fishery closures. The tribes will work to provide additional fishing opportunity as more certainty becomes available about the run sizes and catch rates.
Zone 6 Platform and Hook-and-Line Fishery
- Area: All of Zone 6
- Dates/Times: Fish caught after 6 AM on June 16 may be sold as described below. Sales continue until further notice.
- Gear: Standard platform and hook-and-line gears as determined by tribal regulations.
- Allowable Sales: Salmon (any species), steelhead may be sold or kept for subsistence. Shad, yellow perch, bass, walleye, catfish and carp may also be sold or retained for subsistence. 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 may be kept for subsistence purposes.
- Closed Areas: River mouth and dam closed areas applicable to platform and hook-and-line gear are in effect.
Zone 6 Commercial Gillnet Fishery
- Area: All of Zone 6
- Dates/Times: 6 AM Monday, June 19 through 6 PM Wednesday, June 21 (2 nights) and 6 AM Monday, June 26 through 6 PM Wednesday, June 28 (2 nights).
- Gear: Set and Drift Gillnets with a 7-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 may be kept for subsistence purposes. Fish landed during the open periods are allowed to be sold after the period concludes.
- Closed Areas: River mouth and dam closed areas applicable to gillnets in effect. The Spring Creek Hatchery closed area is not in effect in the summer management period.
Tributary Fisheries and Fisheries Downstream of Bonneville Dam
- Tributary fisheries are managed under separate limits from the mainstem fishery. This action does not affect the tributary fisheries. Please contact your tribe for current tributary regulations.
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.
- The 2023 COLUMBIA RIVER INDIAN FISHERS EXPO is coming up! This year’s event will be held at Skamania Lodge on July 28, 2023 from 10am to 3pm. For more information, visit the Expo website here.
- 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.