LEWISTON, Idaho — The Nez Perce Tribe in northern Idaho has approved a commercial fishing season allowing gillnets on the Clearwater River for spring chinook.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the tribe earlier this week approved the season that started Thursday.

The fishery runs from the river's mouth at Lewiston to the tribe's 1863 boundary near Kooskia.

It's unclear if the tribe has issued any gillnet permits to tribal anglers.

The state and tribe are each entitled to catch about 5,400 spring chinook in the Clearwater this year. But the tribe says tribal anglers have so far only caught about 450 chinook.

The tribe is allowing spring chinook caught in the commercial fishery to be sold. But tribal regulations permit only hatchery chinook to be sold.

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In response to hellgatenights comments (sic), I offer the following: The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Enforcement department is a part of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. This organization is made up of the fish and wildlife committees of the Yakama, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Nez Perce tribes. These four tribes have treaty-guaranteed fishing rights and management authority in their traditional fishing areas.

For thousands of years, Indians have harvested salmon from the Columbia River and contributing waterways for commercial, physical, and spiritual sustenance. The salmon were routinely sold to and traded with neighboring tribes, settlers, and explorers. In 1855, the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Yakama, and Warm Springs tribes signed a treaty with the United States government to reserve, forever, their right to fish at all of their usual and accustomed places. The rich custom of tribal fishing continues to be essential to the heritage, culture, and economy of the Indian people and to the Pacific Northwest.

Dip nets along with gill netting are permissible methods for their harvest -- both are regulated by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Perhaps hellgatenights needs to take a refresher course in NW history and provide comments that are factual and without prejudice.


Strange? I can find nothing about "Gill netting" in my history books......I can't fins a single reference to this sacred and traditional Indian custom (joke).

Time to take it to the chief........yep, just rip the nets up and burn them. Fat slobs can't do a thing about it and if you give them a couple of cases of Budweiser they will leave anyway.

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