Five Rivers Upstream to Buck Creek Closed to Angling for Fall Chinook August 1, 2015
Adopted July 17, 2015: effective August 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.
This amended rule closes the Five Rivers upstream to Buck Creek to angling for fall Chinook salmon from August 1 thru the fall season. These modification conform fall salmon regulations to guidelines adopted in the Coastal Multi-Species Plan and a request has been submitted for these modifications to be included in permanent sport regulations for 2016-2017.
2015 Columbia River Fall Recreational Salmon Seasons Set
Adopted July 23, 2015: effective August 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.
This amended rule sets the 2015 fall recreational Chinook salmon season regulations for the mainstem Columbia River, effective August 1, 2015. Modifications were based on 2015 Non-Indian Columbia River Summer/Fall Fishery Allocation Agreement (5/8/15) that was developed during the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) and North of Falcon (NOF) meetings. Fall fisheries in 2015 are structured to optimize the harvest of Chinook, coho and steelhead within Endangered Species Act (ESA) limits and to provide a balanced opportunity for the fishers.
Electronic Fish Tickets Reporting Commercial Sales of Salmon, Sturgeon, Smelt and Shad Required
Adopted July 27, 2015: effective August 4, 2015 through December 31, 2015.
This amended rule requires, by way of electronic fish receiving tickets (e-ticket), the reporting of commercial sales of salmon, sturgeon, smelt and shad landed downstream of Bonneville Dam and purchased by wholesale fish dealers, wholesale fish bait dealers, and food fish canners. Modifications also require e-tickets be submitted within 24 hours of the closure of a fishing period or within 24 hours of the landing when fishing periods are longer than 24 hours.
Columbia River Zone 6 Treaty Indian Summer Chinook Commercial Fishery Set
Adopted July 27, 2015: effective July 28, 2015 through July 31, 2015.
This amended rule authorizes sales of fish caught in a Treaty tribal commercial gill net fishery in the Columbia River which begins 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 28 and runs through 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2015 (3.5 days). Modifications are consistent with action taken July 27, 2015 by the Departments of Fish & Wildlife for the States of Oregon and Washington in cooperation with the Columbia River Treaty Tribes at a meeting of the Columbia River Compact.
Recreational Spring Chinook Fishery In the Snake River Below Hells Canyon Dam Closes
Adopted July 28, 2015: effective August 2, 2015 through September 30, 2015.
This amended rule closes the recreational spring Chinook salmon fishery on the Snake River in the area from the Dug Bar Boat Ramp upstream to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam effective at 11:59 p.m. on August 2, 2015 to coincide with the state of Idaho's closure of this fishery.
6. 635-041-0045 and 635-041-0075
Sales from Columbia River Treaty Indian Fall Commercial Fisheries Authorized
Adopted July 29, 2015: effective August 1, 2015 through October 31, 2015.
These amended rules authorize the sales of fish caught in fall Treaty tribal platform commercial fisheries set for the Columbia River from Saturday, August 1 through Saturday, October 31, 2015. Modifications are consistent with action taken July 29, 2015 by the Departments of Fish & Wildlife for the States of Oregon and Washington in cooperation with the Columbia River Treaty Tribes at a meeting of the Columbia River Compact.
Youngs Bay Commercial Fall Fisheries Set
Adopted July 29, 2015: effective August 4, 2015 through October 31, 2015.
This amended rule sets non-Indian commercial fall salmon and shad drift gill net fisheries for the Youngs Bay Select Area of the Columbia River beginning August 4 through October 31, 2015. Modifications are consistent with action taken July 29, 2015 by the Departments of Fish & Wildlife for the States of Oregon and Washington.
8. 635-018-0090 and 635-019-0090
Sport Fishing Regulations Revised Due to Severe Drought Conditions
Adopted July 29, 2015: effective August 3, 2015 through December 31, 2015.
These amended rules lift the emergency restrictions previously set as daily closures for trout, salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon fisheries in: the Deschutes River below Mack Canyon; the Imnaha River upstream of Freezeout Creek; and the Wenaha River upstream of Crooked Creek.
Mainstem Columbia River Commercial Early Fall Drift Gill Net Seasons Set
Adopted July 29, 2015: effective August 9, 2015 through August 31, 2015.
This amended rule sets nine 9-hour fishing periods for the 2015 early fall commercial salmon drift gill net season in Zones 4 and 5 of the Columbia River mainstem. The first authorized fishing period begins at 9:00 p.m. Sunday, August 9 with further fishing periods scheduled through 6:00 a.m. Friday, August 28, 2015. Authorized sales include Chinook, coho, pink and sockeye salmon and shad.
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