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COMMISSION: June 22, 2011


Friday, June 2, 2011

Adopt Temporary Rules
Kevin Blakely, Acting Deputy Director
The Imnaha River

1. 635-042-0145
Youngs Bay Select Area Commercial Chinook Fisheries Modified

Adopted April 27, 2011; effective April 28, 2011 through July 29, 2011.
Amended rule reduces the amount of fishing time for two previously authorized commercial fishing periods scheduled to occur on April 28 and May 1, 2011 in the Youngs Bay select area fishery. Modifications changed the start times from 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and reduced the duration of the fisheries from 18 to 5 hours. Revisions are consistent with action taken April 27, 2011 by the State of Oregon.

2. 635-041-0005, 635-041-0015, 635-041-0020, 635-041-0025 and 635-041-0045
Subsistence Fishing by Nez Perce Tribe Permitted In Columbia River Below Bonneville Dam

Adopted May 3, 2011; effective May 5, 2011 through October 31, 2011.
Amended rules permit certain treaty Indian subsistence fisheries in the mainstem of the Columbia River immediately below Bonneville Dam. The modifications are consistent with Memoranda of Understanding between the Nez Perce tribe and the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, signed May 3, 2011.

3. 635-018-0090
Hood River Open All Year for Adipose Fin-clipped Coho Salmon and Steelhead

Adopted May 3, 2011; effective May 10, 2011 through October 31, 2011.
Amended rule allows sport harvest of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook in the Hood River through June 30; and harvest of adipose fin-clipped coho salmon and adipose fin-clipped steelhead in the Hood River through October 31, 2011. Catch limit is two adult adipose finclipped Chinook salmon per day, and five adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook salmon per day. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to consider these modifications to permanent rule at its August 5, 2011 hearing.

4. 635-023-0125
Additional Columbia River Recreational Spring Chinook Season Above Bonneville Dam

Adopted May 4, 2011; effective May 7, 2011 through June 15, 2011.
This amended rule provides recreational fishers with four (4) additional days of fishing, from May 7 through May 10, 2011, for adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon or adipose fin-clipped steelhead in the Columbia River upstream of the Bonneville Dam. This action affects the area from the Tower Island power lines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to the Oregon/Washington border; plus the Oregon and Washington banks between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines. Revisions are consistent with action taken May 4, 2011 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

5. 635-042-0110 and 635-042-0115
Camas-Washougal Reef Commercial Shad Season Opens May 10, 2011

Adopted May 4, 2011; effective May 10, 2011 through June 20, 2011.
Amended rules open a commercial shad season in the Columbia River in the area of Camas- Washougal Reef. The fishery is from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 Midnight, Mondays through Fridays (except on the observed Memorial Day holiday) beginning May 10 through June 20, 2011. All salmon, steelhead, walleye, and sturgeon taken in shad nets must be immediately returned unharmed to the water. Further modifications allow harvest using experimental gear when purchasing an Experimental Fishing Gear Permit as described in OAR 635-006-0020. Revisions are consistent with action taken on May 4, 2011 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

6. 635-019-0090
Sport Chinook Fisheries on the Imnaha and Wallowa Rivers and Lookingglass Creek

Adopted May 6, 2011; effective May 28, 2011 through September 1, 2011.
Amended rule allows recreational anglers opportunities to harvest adipose fin-clipped adult and jack Chinook salmon, which are in excess of the Department's hatchery production needs, in the Imnaha and Wallowa rivers and Lookingglass Creek. These fisheries are scheduled for the period from Saturday, May 28, 2011 until further notice.

7. 635-041-0045 and 635-041-0076
Columbia River Treaty Indian Spring Commercial Salmon Seasons Implemented

Adopted May 10, 2011; effective May 10, 2011 through October 31, 2011.
Amended rule allows the sales of fish caught in the Treaty Indian spring Chinook salmon commercial platform hook-and-line fisheries in the Columbia River mainstem and tributaries above Bonneville Dam beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2011 until further notice. The amended rule also closes sales of Treaty fisheries downstream of Bonneville Dam effective May 15 through June 16, 2011. Revisions are consistent with action taken May 10, 2011 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington in cooperation with the Columbia River Treaty Tribes.

8. 635-042-0160 and 635-042-0170 2011
Select Area Seasons for Tongue Point/South Channel and Blind/Knappa Sloughs Modified

Adopted May 11, 2011; effective May 11, 2011 through June 10, 2011.
Amended rules rescind Columbia River Select Area commercial fishing periods previously scheduled to begin Thursday, May 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the following morning. Modifications rescheduled these fishing periods for the same time beginning May 11, 2011. Modifications are consistent with the action taken May 11, 2011 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

9. 635-042-0022
Commercial Drift Net Fishing Period for Spring Chinook In the Columbia River Mainstem

Adopted May 11, 2011; effective May 12, 2011 through June 30, 2011.
Amended rule allows a 14-hour non-Indian commercial spring Chinook fishing period in the mainstem Columbia River beginning at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 12 though 5:00 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2011. Fishing is authorized in Zones 1 through 4, from the river mouth upstream to Kelly Point. Modifications are consistent with joint state action taken May 11, 2011 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

10. 635-042-0145
Retention of Non-adipose Fin-clipped Chinook Salmon Prohibited for 81-Hours in Youngs Bay

Adopted May 11, 2011; effective May 12, 2011 through July 29, 2011.
Amended rule prohibits the commercial harvest of non-adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook for an 81-hour period in the Youngs Bay Select Area fishery beginning at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 12 through midnight Sunday, May 15, 2011. Modifications are consistent with joint state action taken May 11, 2011 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

11. 635-021-0090
Powder River Recreational Spring Chinook Fishery Opens May 28, 2011

Adopted May 11, 2011; effective May 28, 2011 through September 1, 2011.
Amended rule implements a recreational spring Chinook salmon fishery in the Powder River from Saturday, May 28 through Thursday, September 1, 2011. Modifications allow recreational anglers opportunities to harvest spring Chinook which have been out-planted specifically for this purpose.

12. 635-004-0019 2011-2012
Harvest Specifications and Management Measures for Pacific Ocean Commercial Groundfish Fisheries

Adopted May 12, 2011; effective May 13, 2011 through November 8, 2011.
This amended rule adopts 2011-2012 harvest specifications and management measures adopted by the federal government for Pacific ocean commercial groundfish fisheries, including but not limited to: (a) changes in cumulative trip limits and RCA boundaries for commercial groundfish fisheries; (b) changes in annual catch limits and allocations of groundfish for the various commercial groundfish fisheries, and (c) changes to other management measures.

13. 635-023-0125
Columbia River Recreational Spring Chinook Season Opens From Rocky/Tongue Point to Beacon Rock

Adopted May 13, 2011; effective May 15, 2011 through June 15, 2011.
This amended rule opens the Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Beacon Rock (boat and bank fishing) plus bank angling only from Beacon Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam beginning on May 15, 2011. Retention of sockeye adipose finclipped Chinook salmon and adipose fin-clipped steelhead is allowed. Daily bag limit includes up to two adult salmon (including sockeye) or steelhead in combination, but only one may be a Chinook. Revisions are consistent with action taken May 13, 2011 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

14. 635-042-0022
Additional Commercial Drift Net Fishing Period for Spring Chinook In the Columbia River Mainstem

Adopted May 17, 2011; effective May 18, 2011 through June 30, 2011.
Amended rule allows a 12-hour non-Indian commercial spring Chinook fishing period in the mainstem Columbia River beginning at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 through 5:00 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2011. Fishing is authorized in Zones 1 through 4, from the river mouth upstream to Kelly Point. Modifications are consistent with joint state action taken May 17, 2011 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

15. 635-042-0145
Retention of Non-adipose Fin-clipped Chinook Salmon Prohibited for 104-Hours in Youngs Bay

Adopted May 17, 2011; effective May 18, 2011 through July 29, 2011.
Amended rule prohibits the commercial harvest of non-adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook for a 104-hour period in the Youngs Bay Select Area fishery beginning at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 through midnight Sunday, May 22, 2011. Modifications are consistent with joint state action taken May 17, 2011 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

16. 635-042-0180 2011
Spring Season for Deep River Select Area Fishery Modified

Adopted May 17, 2011; effective May 18, 2011 through June 10, 2011.
Amended rule rescinds the Deep River Select Area commercial fishing period previously scheduled to begin Wednesday, May 18 from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the following morning. Further revisions schedule additional fishing periods for Mondays and Thursdays, at the same time of day, beginning May 19 through June 10, 2011. Modifications are consistent with the action taken May 17, 2011 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

17. 635-023-0125
Columbia River Recreational Spring Chinook Season Opens Above Beacon Rock

Adopted May 25, 2011; effective May 27, 2011 through June 15, 2011.
This amended rule opens the Columbia River: 1) from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam from May 27 through June 15, 2011; and 2) from the Tower Island power lines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border plus bank angling between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines from May 28 through June 2, 2011. Retention of sockeye, adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon and adipose fin-clipped steelhead is allowed. Daily bag limit includes up to two adult salmonids (including sockeye). Revisions are consistent with action taken May 25, 2011 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

18. 635-014-0090
Trask River Closure From Gold Creek, at Hatchery, Delayed Until July 1, 2011

Adopted May 26, 2011; effective June 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011.
These rule modifications delay the closure of the Trask River from Gold Creek, at the hatchery, from June 1, 2011 until July 1, 2011. Angling for spring Chinook in the Trask River has been especially productive during the early part of the run this year. In order to allow anglers this opportunity to harvest hatchery spring Chinook, we need to extend the angling season at the hatchery 200 feet upstream and 900 feet downstream.

19. 635-039-0085
Ocean Sport Pacific Halibut Closure from Leadbetter Point, Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon

Adopted May 27, 2011; effective June 4, 2011 through August 4, 2011.
Amended rule closes the sport fishery for Pacific halibut in the area between Leadbetter Point, Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2011 when the quota of 10,793 pounds is projected to have been taken. This rule is consistent with regulations that have been implemented by the federal government and the International Pacific Halibut Commission for the 2011 Oregon recreational fishery for Pacific halibut.

20. 635-023-0125
Columbia River Recreational Spring Chinook Season Above Bonneville Dam Extended

Adopted June 1, 2011; effective June 2, 2011 through June 15, 2011.
Amended rule extends the recreational spring Chinook fishery in the Columbia River from the Tower Island power lines (above Bonneville Dam) upstream to the Oregon/Washington border, plus bank angling between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines, from the original closure date of June 2 through June 15, 2011. Retention of sockeye, adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon and adipose fin-clipped steelhead is allowed. Daily bag limit includes up to two adult salmonids (including sockeye). Revisions are consistent with action taken June 1, 2011 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

21. 635-041-0045
Columbia River Treaty Indian Spring Commercial Salmon Season Re-opens

Adopted June 1, 2011; effective June 6, 2011 through October 31, 2011.
Amended rule allows the sales of fish caught in the Treaty Indian fisheries in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam effective June 6 through June 15, 2011. Revisions are consistent with action taken June 1, 2011 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington in cooperation with the Columbia River Treaty Tribes.

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