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4/12/18   We've Been getting phone Calls Asking If We Have Any Spring Chinook For Sale. So I Figured I'd Post Here To Let Everyone Know What's Happening So Far To Date And What The Predictions Are For This Year.  So Far There is Almost Nothing Coming Up Over The Dam Yet Maybe Around 2-4 Chinook A Day. So We Aren't Even Fishing Yet. I Know Someone Who Has Been Fishing For Almost A Month And Hasn't Caught A Fish Yet. 

This Year's Run Predictions Are Really Bad. Last Year Was Really Bad Too But This Year Is even Worse. Spring Chinook Run Is Too Small For A Season So We Won't Have any For Sale Again This Year. Be Carefull Of People Who Sell Fish Illegally Because You Dont Want To Get A Big Fine. The  Sockeye run This Year Is So Small We Are Afraid that They Might Close Us Down And We Won't Get To Fish. Even The Fall Run Is Smaller This year Too. But We're Hoping It'll Be Big Enough To Help Us Survive Another Year. 

If You're Wondering What Happened To The Fish Runs And Why Fishing has Been So Bad It's Because Back In 2015 We Had Record Hot Water Temputures And The Majority Of The Adult Salmon That Returned Died Because The Hot Water Was Lethal But That Wasn't All The Smolts Heading Out To Sea All Died Too From Starvation Because The Hot Water Killed Their Food. We Don't Know How Long It Will Take For The Runs To Rebuild But It Will Take Year's To Recover. 

Last Year We Didn't Catch Much Fish And We We're The Only Ones Catching More Than A Few Sockeye. Fish We're So Scarce Last Year That All Our Fish We're Sold Before We Caught Them. We Also Got High Prices. We We're Getting $15 - $20 A Fish For Sockeye At Our House In Stevenson. We Sold All Our Sockeye To Buyers Who Took Our Whole Days Catch. We Did Sell Some To People Who Came Out And Bought But We Experienced Some Hassle Though Because People Thought That Since They Drove All The Way Out Here They Thought They Should Get Sockeye For $10. Nope Sorry Cant Afford To Take a Pay Cut On A Extremely Poor Run. Fishing Is Expensive We Spend 10's Of Thousands Of Dollars To Fish Every Year And If We Don't Make A Profit We CAN'T Continue To Fish. So AnyOne Thinking About Asking For A Discount Will Not Get Fish. 

Sorry I Don't Have Better News But It's Not Anything We Can Control On Our Own. Global Warming Is Killing Off The Salmon And It Will Continue To Get Worse So Long As Things Stay The Same. 

For over 10,000 years The Columbia River Tribes have fished N'Chewana The Big River known as The Columbia River.  The salmon are our rivers' ancestors, they are a part of our spiritual and cultural identity.  Their annual return is celebrated by our people with our first salmon ceremony, to give thanks to the Creator for giving us this gift.  It brings renewal, rebirth of a new season, Spring.

The old Celilo Falls was our world trade center or wall street.  Indians from all over North America traveled here to trade for salmon and salmon products.  Lewis and Clark called Celilo Falls " The great mart of all this country."   Historically we were a wealthy peoples because of a flourishing trade economy based on salmon.

The tribes signed treaties in 1855, ceding millions of acres of land to the U.S. Government.  These treaties guaranteed our right to fish in our usual and accustomed places.  The treaties have become instrumental in the legal battles to save the salmon.  With out this treaty right the salmon would have disappeared a long time ago.  Treaty rights have kept the greedy from exploiting the river and turning it into a cesspool.  The tribes went to court when the original plans for Bonneville Dam didn't include fish ladders.  The Creator put us here where the salmon return, and we are obligated to remain here and to protect this place.

Despite treaty promises, The Tribes now harvest less than 10% of the numbers of salmon we harvested before contact with European settlers.  Yet we are often blamed for the decline in salmon runs, even though treaty harvests are but a drop in the bucket compared to the salmon killed by habitat destruction, dams, and over fishing in the lower Columbia River and the ocean for Columbia River stocks as far north as Alaska.

The Tribes have their own salmon recovery programs and have been successful in restoring runs in rivers and streams where the salmon have gone extinct. Now almost all the salmon that return to the Columbia River are known as upriver salmon, because they cross the Bonneville Dam to return home.  These are the salmon that everyone from sports fishers, Lower Columbia River Gill Netters and Treaty Fishers fish for.  The majority of upriver salmon return to rivers and streams on tribal lands, thanks to Tribal restoration monies from Tribal Casinos.  Unfortunately not too many people know this and claim that our nets are to blame for the declining salmon runs and they lobby to stop us from fishing.  If they ever win and take away our treaty right to fish, they will kill the river we have fought so hard to protect.

Another thing people don't know is that this right to fish also protects the environment.  Our guarantee in the treaty to fish means fish have to be able to return to the river so we can catch them and that the river has to remain clean enough for them to survive.  Big business often back sports fishing groups to stop us from fishing, like last year when a big oil company backed them to get rid of the lower river gill netters. Now why would a big oil company do this?  Off shore drilling, see when BP had that big disaster in the Gulf they had to pay billions of dollars to the Commercial fishing industry.  So their plan is to get rid of all the commercial fishers on the Columbia so when they have this big disaster they don't have to pay billions of dollars to commercial fishers.  The Sportsmen aren't a problem for them because they would not get a dime if the salmon all die from a major off shore drilling disaster.  

We would like to acknowledge The Nez Perce Tribe for restoring the spring salmon runs to Idaho at record levels and the record fall run of over a million fish. The Umatilla tribe  for bringing fish back to rivers and streams throughout the Columbia basin where salmon  had gone extinct The Colville and SwinomishTribes for restoring the Sockeye salmon runs to record levels.  GREAT WORK GUYS AND MANY THANKS.

From the happy fishermen at Wolf Song Fisheries. 


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