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

There has been good effort and harvest during the sturgeon setline fishery 
which allows for more fishing time.  The Fish and Wildlife committee 
Harvestable sturgeon are available in the Priest Rapids and Wanapum reservoirs 
of the Columbia River.  The F&W Committee authroizes a commercial sturgeon setline
The F&W Committe authorize a 9th fall commercial gillnet opening in zone 6
from 6 am Monday October 17 to 6 pm October 21, 2016.  
See attached regs for full details.
The Fish and Wildlife Committee authorize the first 4 2016 fall commercial gillnet fishing periods
in Zone 6 of the Columbia River.  From:
6am Monday August 22 to 6 pm Friday August 26,
YN F&W Committee authorize 6am June 16 the opening of commercial sales of fish caught with
subsistence gears in Zone 6 and in selected YN tributaries.  See attached regs for full details.
Spring Chinook are entering the Icicle River in good numbers.  Leavenworth NFH staff has
indicated they have met their broodstock need.  Therefore, the Fish and Wildlife Committee
Platform/H&L catches have exceeded projections to the point there is risk of exceeding
the Treaty Catch Guideline before the end of the spring management period. Therefore
The Klickitat Hatchery is on track is on track to make broodstock with good numbers reported
to have passed Fishway #5.  Therefore, the F&W Committee hereby extends the Klickitat River

The Fish & Wildlife Committee authorize a commercial gillnet fishery in all of Zone 6 of the Columbia River from 6 am May 25 to 6pm May 27, 2016.  There will be no mesh restriction and all rivermouth and dam sanctuaries are still in effect....

The Fish and Wildlife Committee authorized fish caught with subsistence gears in Zone 6
and in selected YN tributary fisheries to be allowed for commercial sale from