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Oregon and Washington seek nominations for Columbia River fishing advisory groups - Deadline Nov. 3

October 13, 2023

CLACKAMAS, Ore.– Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon are seeking nominations for advisors to fill positions on the recreational and commercial advisory groups that provide input on fishing seasons on the Columbia River.

ODFW and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are accepting nominations for appointees to three-year terms on the Columbia River Commercial Fishing Advisory Group and Columbia River Recreational Fishing Advisory Group through Nov. 3, 2023. The new terms begin in January 2024 and end in December 2026.

The two groups meet two to four times per year to develop recommendations for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and smelt fisheries. The recreational advisory group focuses on recreational fisheries jointly managed by Washington/Oregon from Buoy 10 upstream to Highway 395 at Pasco. The commercial advisory group focuses on lower Columbia River commercial fisheries (mainstem and Select Areas). Members are expected to participate within the North of Falcon season-setting process for salmon fisheries, Columbia River Compact/Joint State hearings, and advisory group meetings.

"These advisory groups provide an important connection between the public and the states of Washington and Oregon in order to provide fishing opportunities," said Jeff Whisler, ODFW Columbia River fishery manager.

Up to 20 applicants from Washington and Oregon will be chosen for each advisory group, representing a wide array of fishing interests. See current members of the advisory group online at ODFW's webpage (Recreational Fishing Advisory Group and the Commercial Fishing Advisory Group).

Advisors will be selected based on their fishery experience, willingness to engage in the management process, geographic and diverse affiliation representation, and their ability to communicate with fishery managers and other organizations.

Individuals may self-apply or be nominated by a group or another individual; nominees must be willing to serve if selected. All nominations should be accompanied by a resume for the nominee that includes the following:

  • Name, address, telephone number, and email address of nominee, and if applicable the individual or organization submitting the nomination.
  • Description/listing of which Columbia River Basin fisheries (area and season) the nominee participates in, including the number of years the nominee has participated in each. Please note which fisheries are of specific interest.
  • Reasons the nominee wants to serve as an advisor.
  • Description of how the nominee intends to communicate information with other constituents in their local areas.
  • Affiliations to fishery-related organizations and/or guides/charters.

Nominations for Oregon residents can be submitted by email to or mail to ODFW, 17330 S.E. Evelyn Street, Clackamas, OR 97015, or fax at 971-673-6072.

Nominations must be received no later than Nov. 3, 2023.


Contact: Jeff Whisler, (971) 673-6024,
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