2023 Fall Season Tribal Fishery Announcement


August 16, 2023

The Four Columbia River Tribes set the following fishery plan and the Columbia River Compact concurred:

Zone 6 Commercial Gillnet Fishery

Area: All of Zone 6

Dates/Times: 6 AM Monday August 21 to 6 PM Thursday August 24 (3 nights)

6 AM Monday August 28 to 6 PM Thursday August 31 (3 nights)

Gear: Set and Drift Gillnets with an 8-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 in effect.

Zone 6 Platform and Hook and Line Fishery

Zone 6 Platform and Hook and Line Fisheries continue under current regulations.

Tributary Fisheries and Fisheries Downstream of Bonneville Dam

For information on these fisheries, please consult tribal fishery departments directly.

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.

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.

Vaccines and boosters work and are safe. Get vaccinated and boosted to help protect you, your family, and your tribal community. One Community Health is the tribal health partner in the Columbia Gorge. Call them at 541-386-6380 for health questions or call your tribal clinic.