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Tribal gillnet fishery to open

DALLESPORT — A tribal treaty gillnet fishery will open at 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, along the Columbia River.

According to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, commercial tribal gillnetting will be allowed until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Tribal fishermen may use gillnets with an 8-inch minimum mesh size during that time.

The gillnet fishery allows tribal fishermen to keep all species of salmon as well as steelhead, shad, yellow perch, bass, walleye, catfish, and

carp, officials said. Fish caught in a gillnet may be sold during and after the fishery.

The fishery also allows gillnetters to keep sturgeon 38-54 inches long from the Bonneville Pool annd 43-54 inches from the The Dalles and John Day pools, officials said. Sturgeon make be kept for food, but cannot be sold.


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