Nez Perce to Increase
LEWISTON - The Nez Perce Tribe in northern Idaho has announced that it will increase the number of steelhead it harvests in the region, using gill nets to catch more of the oceangoing fish that return to spawn in the area's rivers.
Tribal leaders announced the plan Friday, saying that "abundant" runs have in the past mostly been caught by recreational anglers, who annually flood the region in pursuit of the prized game fish.
The tribal fishing would take place in the main stem of the Snake River from Lower Granite Dam to Hells Canyon Dam, and above the confluence of the Snake River and mainstem Clearwater River to the Orofino bridge.
The tribe has the right to 50 percent of the harvestable fish within the reservation and from off-reservation fishing areas, according to its treaty with the United States.
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