Harvest Updates

Yakama Nation Harvest Management

Under the Treaty of 1855, the Yakama Nation reserved the right to fish, hunt and gather and other rights at all usual and accustomed places. This includes the preservation of fish habitat at all usual and accustomed fishing places. 

The Yakama Nation manages fisheries resources to ensure continued access by Yakama members to fulfill their ceremonial, subsistence and commercial needs.  This treaty reserved right includes the right to have fish present to harvest, at all usual and accustomed places.

Harvest News

The Fish and Wildlife Committee extends the sturgeon setline fishery
in the Priest Rapids and Wanapum Pools to 6pm June 10, 2017.  
See attached.
Spring chinook returns continue to be low.  The F&W Committee does
not want to draw names for the Drano Lake fishery until good numbers
There has been good effort and harvest during the sturgeon setline fishery in the
Priest Rapids and Wanapum Pools.  Therefore, the Fish and Wildlife Committee
Attached are the general subsistence regulations for the Platform/ H&L fisheries
for Zone 6 of the Columbia River and the Yakama Nation tributary fisheries:
Harvestable sturgeon continue to be available in the Priest Rapids and Wanapum Pools 
of the Columbia River.  Therefore the F&W Committee authorizes a commercial
The sturgeon harvest guideline in the Bonneville Pool is expected to
be achieved and the winter gillnet season will close 6pm Friday, March 17, 2017.  
A Fisher's meeting is scheduled for
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 10am to 4pm at 
the Hood River Inn.  Please see full agenda attached.
The Winter Gillnet Fishery in the Bonneville Pool will open
6 a.m. on Monday March 6 through 6 p.m. Tuesday March 21, 2017

The Fish and Wildlife Committee approves the commercial
winter gillnet fishery for Zone 6 of the Columbia River according
to the regulations on the attached pages.  Please see the attached
There is evidence that smelt may be moving into the Cowlitz River.
 Attached is the 2017 smelt permit application.
Submit the completed application to Raemelle Kiona and she will issue the permit.