Gillnet fisheries open this week in Youngs Bay, Blind Slough and Deep River select areas.

The Columbia River Compact agencies met Wednesday to set spring salmon seasons for the commercial and recreational fisheries.

Commercial seasons will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. tonight in Deep River and Wednesday in Blind Slough. Another season wil be open from noon Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday in Youngs Bay.

Salmon, white sturgeon and shad may be sold. A maximum of five white sturgeon may be possessed or sold by each participating vessel during each calendar week (Sunday through Saturday).

In Deep River and Blind Slough, nets are restricted to a 7-inch maximum size and a maximum length of 100 fathoms with no weight restrictions on leadline. Use of additional weights or anchors attached directly to the leadline is allowed.

In Deep River, nets are not allowed to be tied off to any stationary structures. Nets are not allowed to fully cross the navigation channel.

In Youngs Bay, nets are limited to 7 inches maximum with a maximum length of 250 fathoms and weight on leadline cannot exceed 2 pounds for any one fathom. Red corks are required at 25-fathom intervals and red corks must be in contrast to corks used in the remainder of the net. Use of additional weights or anchors attached directly to the leadline is allowed upstream of markers located approximately 200 yards upstream of the mouth of the Walluski River.

Winter seasonsOther Select Area commercial fisheries will be open as follows for the winter season:

Blind Slough will be open 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly Sunday to Monday, Wednesday, Feb. 25 to Thursday, Feb. 26, March 1-2, 4-5, 8-9, 11-12, 15-16, 18-19, 22-23, 25-26, 29-30 and April 5-6.

Deep River will be open 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23 to Tuesday, Feb. 24, March 2-3 and 9-10.

Youngs Bay will be open from noon to 6 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 to Monday, Feb. 23, Feb. 25-26, March 1-2, 4-5 and 8-9.

Upstream of Old Youngs Bay Bridge, fishing will be open from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. March 11-12, 15-16 and 22-23, as well as from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 30 and 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. April 6.

A 7-inch mesh size restriction is in effect during the winter season.

Spring seasonsThe compact agencies set only the April portion of the spring select area fishery as follows:

Blind Slough and Knappa Slough will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. April 16-17, 20-21, 23-24 and 27-28.

Youngs Bay will be open from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. April 16-17, 20-21 and 23-24, as well as from 6 p.m. April 27 to noon April 28 and from 6 p.m. April 30 to noon May 1.

Deep River will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. April 15-16, 19-20, 22-23, 26-27 and 29-30.

The Tongue Point/South Channel Select Area full fleet commercial test fishery will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly April 20-21, 23-24 and 27-28.

An 8-inch mesh size restriction is in effect during the spring season.

In Deep River and Blind Slough, nets are restricted to a maximum length of 100 fathoms with no weight restrictions on leadline. Use of additional weights or anchors attached directly to the leadline is allowed.

In Deep River, nets are not allowed to be tied off to any stationary structures. Nets are not allowed to fully cross the navigation channel.

In Youngs Bay, nets are limited to a maximum length of 250 fathoms and weight on leadline cannot exceed 2 pounds for any one fathom. Red corks are required at 25-fathom intervals and red corks must be in contrast to corks used in the remainder of the net. Use of additional weights or anchors attached directly to the leadline is allowed upstream of markers located approximately 200 yards upstream of the mouth of the Walluski River.

At Tongue Point, nets are restricted to a maximum length of 250 fathoms and weight on the leadline cannot exceed 2 pounds in any one fathom. At South Channel, nets are restricted to 100 fathoms with no weight restriction on leadline. Use of additional weights or anchors attached directly to the leadline is allowed.

For the summer season, Youngs Bay will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. in two-day increments from June 17-19 and 24-26, July 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31.

Fishing area definitionsThe Youngs Bay fishing area is open Feb. 15 through March 9 and April 16 through July 21 with an upper boundary at the confluence of the Youngs and Klaskanine rivers. From March 11 through April 6, the Youngs Bay fishing area is open from the Old Youngs Bay Bridge upstream to the confluence of the Youngs and Klaskanine rivers.

Blind Slough open waters extend from markers at the mouth of Blind Slough upstream to markers at the mouth of Gnat Creek, which is located approvimately a half-mile upstream of the county road bridge.

Knappa Slough is open to fishing in all waters bounded by a line from the northerly most marker at the mouth of Blind Slough westerly to a marker on Karlson Island downstream to a north-south line defined by a marker on the eastern end of Minaker Island to markers on Karlson Island and the Oregon shore.

The Tongue Point fishing area includes all waters bounded by a line extended from the upstream pier at the Tongue Point JOb Corps facility through navigation marker 6 to Mott Island, a line from a marker at the southeast end of Mott Island northeasterly to a marker on the northwest tip of Lois Island and a line from a marker on the southwest end of Lois Island westerly to a marker on the Oregon shore.

The South Channel area includes all waters bounded by a line from a marker on John Day Point through the green U.S. Coast Guard Buoy 7 to a marker on the southwest end of Lois Island upstream to an upper boundary line from a marker on Settler Point northwesterly to the flashing red Coast Guard marker 10, northwesterly to a marker on Burnside Island defining the upstream terminus of South Channel.

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