PORTLAND — Tribal fisheries began their commercial summer fish sales Tuesday along the banks of the Columbia River.
Fisherman from the Yakama, Nez Perce, Umatilla and Warm Springs tribes will be selling chinook and sockeye salmon from 10 a.m. to dusk, according to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, which oversees tribal fisheries on the Columbia River.
Preseason forecasts show returning fish runs of roughly 73,500 summer chinook and about 180,500 sockeye. Of that, Indian fishermen may harvest about 20,0000 summer chinook and 12,000 sockeye, most of which will be sold commercially, according to the fish commission.
Columbia River tribal fisheries are protected under the 1855 treaties, which reserved the tribes’ traditional fishing rights in usual and accustomed areas.
Buyers should have a cooler and ice on hand to store the fish they buy. Sales are generally cash and prices are usually determined at the fishing site. Non-Indian buyers should obtain a receipt. There are several places to purchase fish along the river. The fish commission urges the general public to call the salmon program at 888-289-1855 to find out where the day’s catch is being sold.