The Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington met Thursday and set the following mainstem commercial gillnet seasons for fall chinook:
In zones 1-5, from the mouth to Rooster Rock, about 5 miles below Bonneville Dam, the fishery will be open from:
? 7 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday;
? 7 p.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday; and
? 7 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday.
From Tongue Point upstream to Rooster Rock, 5 miles below Bonneville Dam, the fishery will be open from 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10 to 7 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9.
Gear is restricted to drift gillnets only with 9-inch minimum and 9.75-inch maximum mesh size. Nets not authorized may be on board if they are properly stored. Nets that are fished between sunset and sunrise must have lighted buoys on both ends or on one end if attached to the boat. Sanctuaries are in effect.
A maximum of six white sturgeon (43- to 54-inch fork length) may be possessed or sold by each vessel during each calendar week of the open fishing periods in the mainstem fisheries only.
Select area commercial fisheries were set as follows:
Tongue Point/South Channel is open 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly Aug. 30-Sept. 3, Sept. 6-10, Sept. 13-17. It is open from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sept. 20-24, Sept. 27-Oct. 1, Oct. 4-8, Oct. 11-15, Oct. 18-22, Oct. 25-29. Gear in Tongue Point is restricted to 6-inch mesh with a net not to exceed 250 fathoms in length and weight on leadline not to exceed two pounds of weight on any one fathom. Gear at South Channel is limited to 6-inch maximum mesh not to exceed 100 fathoms in length and no weight restrictions on the leadline.
Expected harvest is 9,900 coho.
Blind Slough/Knappa Slough is open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Aug. 30-Sept. 3, Sept. 6-10, and Sept. 13-17. It is open from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sept. 20-24, Sept. 27-Oct. 1, Oct. 4-8, Oct. 11-15, Oct. 18-22, and Oct. 25-29.
In both areas, legal gear is restricted to 9.75-inch mesh size maximum with a net not to exceed 100 fathoms in length and no weight restrictions on leadline.
Expected harvest in Blind Slough is 2,200 coho.
Deep River is open 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. Aug. 16-17, Aug. 19-20, Aug. 23-24, Aug. 26-27, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, Sept. 6-10, Sept. 13-17. It is open from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. Sept. 20-24, Sept. 27-Oct. 1, Oct. 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, and 25-29. Legal gear is limited to a 6-inch maximum mesh with a net not to exceed 100 fathoms and no weight restriction on leadline. Nets are not allowed to be tied off to any stationary structures and are not allowed to fully cross the navigation channel.
Expected harvest is 5,300 coho.
Youngs Bay select area is open from 7 a.m. Aug. 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 5, 7 a.m. Aug. 11 to 7 p.m. Aug 12, 7 a.m. Aug. 18 to 7 p.m. Aug. 19, 7 a.m. Aug. 25 to 7 p.m. Aug. 26, 7 p.m. Aug. 30 to 7 a.m. Sept. 3 and 7 p.m. Sept. 6 to noon Oct. 31.
Legal gear is restricted to 9.75-inch mesh size through Aug. 26 and a 6-inch maximum mesh size thereafter. Nets are not to exceed 250 fathoms in length and weight on the leadline is not to exceed two pounds of weight on any one fathom. Additional anchors are allowed between markers 200 yards upstream of the mouth of the Walluski River and the upper deadline at Battle Creek Slough. Red corks are required at 25-fathom intervals and red corks must be in contrast to corks used in the remainder of the net. Nets fished between sunset and sunrise must have lighted buoys. A maximum of two white sturgeon may be possessed or sold by each participating vessel during each calendar week of the open fishing periods (Sunday through Saturday).
Expected harvest is 25,300 cohoand 8,700 chinook.
The chinook harvest prediction is nearly twice the 10-year average.
A compact hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 17 to consider late-August nonIndian commercial fisheries.