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I want to fish the Columbia but have heard the Gillnets are in. Is that true and does anyone know for how long? I don't want to waste my time. Any information would be great. Also is there a website that covers this information for future checking? Thanks.

[ 09-16-2003, 06:57 AM: Message edited by: Haftafish ]
 

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You can see the most recent schedule at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/ODFWhtml/InfoCntrFish/InterFish/03sept12notice.pdf

The Columbia River Compact action notices are posted at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/ODFWhtml/InfoCntrFish/InterFish/crm.html
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Columbia River Fishery Notice
Compact Action
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife September 12, 2003
The Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington met today to review chinook salmon and steelhead stock status and consider treaty Indian and non-Indian commercial fishing options for the mainstem Columbia River and took the following actions:
Non-Indian Fisheries
Commercial Mainstem Salmon Fishery
• Adopted non-Indian commercial salmon season as follows:
Season: 7 AM to 7 PM Monday September 15 (12 hrs)
Area: Mouth upstream to the Longview Bridge (Zones 1-3).
Sanctuaries: Elokomin-A and Abernathy Creek sanctuaries are in effect.
Gear: Unslackened floater gill nets with 6" maximum mesh size restriction.
Allowable Sales: Salmon and sturgeon.
A maximum of three green or white sturgeon in the aggregate
may be possessed or sold by each participating vessel during
each calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) of the open
fishing periods.
• Adopted non-Indian commercial salmon season as follows:
Season: 8 PM to 12 AM Monday September 15 (4 hrs)
Area: I-5 Bridge upstream to Beacon Rock (Zones 4-5).
Sanctuaries: Washougal River and Sandy River sanctuaries are in effect.
Gear: 8" minimum mesh size restriction.
Allowable Sales: Salmon and sturgeon.
A maximum of three green or white sturgeon in the aggregate
may be possessed or sold by each participating vessel during
each calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) of the open
fishing periods.
• Washington Reporting Rule: WDFW adopted a regulation requiring all Washington
wholesale buyers purchasing fish from all Columbia River commercial mainstem salmon
fisheries to send a report of their landings to WDFW by 10 AM on the day after the purchase
date via either:
a) FAX transmission to (360) 906-6776 or (360) 906-6777
b) E-mail to [email protected]
c) Telephone to 1-866-791-1281

Treaty Indian Fisheries
• Adopted a treaty Indian commercial salmon season as follows:
Season: 6 AM Tuesday September 16 to 6 PM Saturday September 20 (4½ days)
Area: All of Zone 6.
Sanctuaries: All standard dam and river mouth sanctuaries remain in effect, except the
closure at the mouth of Spring Creek Hatchery is the smaller sanctuary
within a radius of 150 feet of the Spring Creek Hatchery fishway.
Gear: No minimum mesh size restriction in effect.
Allowable Sales: Chinook, coho, steelhead, walleye, carp, and shad.
Miscellaneous
Rules:
Effective 6 AM August 14 and until further notice, fish caught in platform
and hook and line fisheries may be sold.
Sturgeon between 4-5 feet in length may not be sold but may be retained
for subsistence purposes.
Effective 6 AM August 14 salmon and steelhead landed in tributary
fisheries in the Klickitat and Big White Salmon rivers may be sold during
regular scheduled fishing periods.
Washington
Reporting Rule:
WDFW adopted a regulation requiring all Washington wholesale buyers
purchasing fish from the treaty Indian commercial salmon fishery to send a
report of their landings to WDFW by 10AM on the day after the purchase
date via either:
a) FAX transmission to (360) 906-6776 or (360) 906-6777
b) E-mail to [email protected]
c) Telephone to 1-866-791-1281
Future Compact Hearings
• A Columbia River Compact hearing is scheduled for 11 AM Wednesday, September 17,
2003 via the telephone for the purposes of updating salmon stock status and considering
non-Indian commercial fishing seasons in the mainstem Columbia River.
• A Columbia River Compact hearing is scheduled for 10 AM Friday, September 19, 2003 at
the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Region 5 office, Vancouver, Washington for
the purposes of updating salmon and steelhead stock status and considering treaty Indian
and non-Indian commercial fishing seasons in the mainstem Columbia River.
 

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I heard that gillnets were to go in yesterday, but the guys are on strike. Price on silvers dropped from $0.75 to $0.35 with rumor of a furthur dime drop to come. Price on salmon under $1.00.
My guess is that some of the guys will get hungry by the end of the week and start scabbing.
This is the way it usually happens.
 

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Thanks, I guess that means the fishing won't be too hot today or for awhile. :depressed:
 

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So how did the nets do yesterday? Did they hold out and not fish? If they didn't fill what was left of the quota, do they get another day soon? Can I fish Astoria this weekend and expect to find fish?
 

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Thats what I want to know. When can we expect to fish the Columbia again with some fish there. The nets pretty much seem to sweep the river clean. Where can a guy go fishing instead of wishing?
 

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If the nets weren't in, someone dynamited them and dragged the river....Frenchman's yesterday from noon to 7 -- not a single fish netted -- probably 20 - 25 boats -- talked to a guy who'd been there at the morning tide change who was leaving around 3 -- he'd not seen a fish caught either. Wish I'd known or I wouldn't have gone Monday.

We weren't marking many fish either... :hoboy:
 
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