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What gillnet removal means for sportfishing on the Columbia River

The decision by Oregon and Washington to remove gillnets from the Columbia River will, simply put, mean more fish for sportfishing. Don’t expect much to change immediately, but over the course of the next few years, the commercial fleet will be transitioned to the side channels of Youngs Bay on the Oregon side and Deep […]

Columbia River Gillnetts relegated to off channel areas

Friday posed the final nail in the coffin for the future of gillnets on the Columbia River.  Of course I’ve been following this subject for years on the radio show and with clients in the boat.  We’re all interested in the outcome as sport fishermen, but as a native Northwesterner, I still have mixed emotions […]