For the First Time Since 1965,
by Jonathan Brinckman
Columbia River tribes will begin commercial sales of summer chinook today for the first time in 37 years.
Sales of fish caught by tribal members, which also may include steelhead, sockeye, walleye, shad and carp, will begin at 6 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. Sunday. The Columbia River Compact, which has members from Oregon and Washington, also approved a commercial season that will run from 6 a.m. July 19 to 6 p.m. July 31.
The fish sold commercially can be caught with nets suspended from platforms or with hook and line, but not with gill nets. The last commercial sale of tribal-caught summer chinook was in 1965.
The summer chinook count at Bonneville Dam has surpassed 85,000, and the total run is expected to reach 145,000. That would be the most since 1959.
Fish will be sold to the public at various sites between Bonneville and McNary dams. Major sales locations include the Marine Park at Cascade Locks, Lone Pine at The Dalles and the boat launch near Roosevelt, Wash. Buyers should bring sufficient ice and coolers to keep fish fresh.
Biggest Summer Chinook Return Since 1959 Predicted - Columbia Basin Bulletin - June 28, 2002
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