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.