Area tribes begin annual fish sales

The Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama tribes have begun their annual fish gill-netting and fish sales program at several locations along the Columbia River.

Salmon, steelhead and coho are available from tribal fishers now, but the chinook run should peak in the tribal fishing areas about the second week of September.

The large run of salmon and steelhead should result in ongoing sales of Columbia River fish for the next several weeks.

The tribal fishery sells fish at Columbia Point in Richland and at other areas along the river, including Marine Park in Cascade Locks, Lone Pine in The Dalles and North Bonneville -- one mile east of Bonneville Dam.

Sales generally are from 10 a.m. to dusk, and are for cash only.

People planning to buy fish should bring a cooler with ice.

Fisheries biologists estimate that 615,000 upriver fall Chinook and 366,000 summer steelhead will enter the Columbia River.

Harvest managers will monitor the runs and adjust the harvest levels and fishing periods accordingly.

Tribal fall fisheries provides an important economic benefit to communities along the river, said Paul Lumley, executive director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

Information about the salmon marketing program is available at 888-289-1855 or by checking critfc.org/harvest.