Lower Columbia gillnet chinook catch starts Wednesday night

2013-05-28T18:45:00Z 2013-05-28T18:49:54Z Lower Columbia gillnet chinook catch starts Wednesday nightBy The Daily News Longview Daily News
May 28, 2013 6:45 pm  • 

Gillnetters will be working the lower Columbia River from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday. The estimated catch is 300 adult spring chinook.

The Columbia River Compact set the season during a phone conference meeting Tuesday. Fishery managers will meet again June 4 to consider further commercial fisheries.

Sport salmon fishing reopened in the lower Columbia on Saturday.

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  1. Atrucker
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    Atrucker - May 28, 2013 11:07 pm
    Now we see why no one wants to buy a fishing license and fish for salmon. You buy very close to 50 bucks in tags then throw extra fees that game dept. says they have no money , so sports pay > I know the commercials will whine about no fish, well start putting money in the kiddie, And may be I will shut up . . The springers have not been a big deal for a long time , now they are back , we fish them to oblivion again .
  2. gillnetter mole
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    gillnetter mole - May 29, 2013 9:00 am
    sports included.. why do you allways think a sport caught salmon still spawns !
  3. Love 2 Fish
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    Love 2 Fish - May 29, 2013 3:01 pm
    There are not enough fish for the comm and sports fishing. One way to fix this would be to require ALL hatchery fish, to include native hatcheries to clip fins. But what do I know I am only a sport fisherman that spends his HARD earned money.....Time to get rid of the gill nets...
  4. gillnetter mole
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    gillnetter mole - May 29, 2013 10:05 pm
    well tell me how did that Oregon deal turn out for ya ?? in short it was rejected in the supreme court .and the sports catch more in all seasons ..you do know about allocations ? sports are allotted way more than nets ! it is called math !
  5. Atrucker
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    Atrucker - May 30, 2013 1:38 am
    Mole, what are you saying ? the DFW are trying to save wild fish, which I think is pretty stupid , but that is where it all is going . The net does not care at least a gillnet. Purse or beach net may not kill as many and can be selective the end goal. Even if gillnets are banned on the lower river, it will not matter to the tribes.. It is money game on both sides.
    I fished the Coweeman , pretty hard as a kid , and it so closed , I don't think about it much.
    Almost state wide dumb .
  6. Atrucker
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    Atrucker - May 30, 2013 1:26 pm
    This will show selected areas , off channel for gillnets. Yes Oregon and Washington agreed to this and phase it in by 2017. But as I said before Mole , you don't fish here any more any way, .All parties are tired of the fighting among them selves. Commercials think they own salmon, when they pay little to keep them coming back. Killing wild fish is also bad, but a gillnet will kill what is in it .
  7. Love 2 Fish
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    Love 2 Fish - May 30, 2013 1:27 pm
    There is absolutely no reason for nets inside the river. The fishery can not support it. I believe there are only 125 permits left and their holders are holding on based on greed as in they want the government to buy them out for many $$$$.
  8. DW111
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    DW111 - June 01, 2013 11:34 am
    I get so tired of listening to the whining on both sides of this, when the real reason salmonids are in danger are the dams. However, the dams are not going anywhere. So, my solution would be to stop spending hundreds of millions on upper river fish runs and build hatcheries galore on the lower Columbia. Hatchery fish are genetically identical to native fish. Save for the clipped fin on hatchery fish, a scientist cannot distinguish the two. But all of us know that bureaucrats are running our government, so no common sense will ever be recognized. So to all you "sports" and "commercials" quit yer bitchin' and fish!
  9. Atrucker
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    Atrucker - June 02, 2013 5:44 am
    DW111, You have never read the report about hatchery fish. Sure we all like lots of fish , and the dams are not the number one killer. Habitat and over fishing by all of us , is at least part of it .. In the 60's everbody had fish, but it kept getting worse The springers all but went off the river for a long time , Now smelt are gone . The wild fish on lower rivers are in trouble, due to to many hatchery fish, that crowd them off their redds and don't belong there any way.. No one is sure why .
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