News/Announcements - Harvest

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Modifications to the Winter Gillnet Season


The Winter Gillnet Fishery in Bonneville Pool has been extended and will close 6pm on Saturday March 15, 2014. The Dalles Pool fishery will reopen one day earlier Wednesday March 12, 2014 and will close 6pm Saturday March 22, 2014.

March Fisher's Meeting


The Fish and Wildlife Committee directed Fisheries Staff to schedule a fisher's meeting for Monday, March 24, 2014 from 10am - 4 pm at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, OR.  

See attached memo for full agenda details.

Winter Gillnet Season Reg Modifications

Good numbers of fish remain on the sturgeon catch guidelines for both The Dalles and Bonneville Pools.  To avoid issues that harm populations in each pool, it makes it unfeasible

2014 Winter Gillnet Season

The Fish, Wildlife, Law and Order Committee approves a commercial gillnetfishery in all of Zone 6 of the Columbia River from 12 p.m., February 1 to 6 p.m., March 21, 2014.

Authorize Smelt Fishing By Permit for 2014


Smelt returns to the Columbia Basin have been very low for the past several years; however an improved Smelt return is expected in the Cowlitz River in 2014.

Fisher's Meeting January 27, 2014


The Fish & Wildlife Committee directed Fisheries Staff to schedule a Fisher's Meeting for 10 am to 4 pm Monday January 27, 2014 at Legends Casino in Toppenish, WA.  Lunch will be provided.  See attached memo for the full agenda.

Sturgeon Setline Fishery


The tribal sturgeon setline fishery normally begins January 1st of each year.  At the present time harvestable numbers of sturgeon are available in Zone 6 of the Columbia River.  The setline catch is projected to be fewer than 200 fish.

Yakama Nation closes fishery below Bonneville Dam.

To prioritize fish for ceremonial needs and to reduce risks of exceeding catch guiedelines, the FWLO closes hook and line fishing in the area below Bonneville Dam at 6 PM on Saturday, April 27, 2013.