|Our sales people|
Clifford Sam Nitana & Max
Our sales vehicles
Big Black Ford Flatbed
IF YOU DON'T SEE THE PEOPLE OR THE VEHICLE IN THE PICTURES ABOVE THEN IT'S NOT US WOLF SONG FISHERIES.
10/01/16 Saturday, we got blown off the river the last night so don't have much fish. We have lots of salmon eggs. We'll be by Costco around1:00.
9/23/16 Friday, we'll be by Costco today around 1:00. We have Chinook, and eggs and a couple steelhead. Sorry for the short notice but after last week I didn't want to post earlier and then not be able to make it
And we almost didn't because got a message last night that Clifford's brother is in the hospital and they want everyone there this weekend because his cancer spread to his liver and they want to say good bye. So we decided to bring the fish in today instead of tomorrow and we're really sorry but that's the best we can do for now. Some things can't be controlled.
9/15/16 Thursday, doesn't look like we'll be able to make it to Costco this weekend since we work 18 to 20 hours a day and only get 1 day off this week, Saturday is the only day we get to catch up on sleep this week. We have to fish on Sunday this week in the lower river. I think this is the last Sunday they have us scheduled to fish down there. I feel bad because people been telling me they've been waiting all year for fish but there hasn't been very many fish all year so we only came to town a few times that we did catch fish. This fall run was predicted to be a big run but Alaska kept complaining about getting a bigger share of our fish since there were more fish than we could catch. So they upped their catch and over fished and Alaska got all our fish. Now that the counts at the dam are only one third of what they were last year they downgraded the run to being a small run instead of a big run. Expect this to be the future here no more big runs because Alaska catches them all. We raise all the fish and everyone but us fishes on a prediction and over fishes and then we get cut back because we're last in line and don't get to fish on a prediction but on actual numbers.
9/12/16 I was going to post last week but I ended out in the Emergency room and I haven't been feeling well. I get dizziness and lightheaded when I move so we weren't able to sell fish. We are hoping to be there this weekend and hoping that my dizziness will be gone by then. We wont be able to park where we usually do because of the construction so we might be across the street.
8/27/16 Saturday, I haven't posted because we're not sure what to post. Fishing over the summer was really slow. The area where we park by Costco is all tore up and we have no help to sell fish. We are too busy to go sell right now. It comes to a choice of how many days we can go without sleep. I know we won't be selling fish this weekend because we had such a hectic week we just sold everything out here to the fish buyers. We'll just have to see how things work out.
7/9/16 Saturday, no fish. This year's Sockeye run was nothing like expected. They said only 100,000 Sockeye would return this year so we figured we wouldn't catch many, but they were way off on the prediction and upgraded the run size to 400,000. Unfortunately when they do that they schedule short fishing openings and no gillnetting so we don't catch much and we had a 7,000 Sockeye quota to catch and that's almost nothing. We got to fish 3 days a week and by the second week they said we had caught our 7,000 and we're talking about closing fishing even though it was obvious that the run was larger than predicted. We had to wait for the states to upgrade the run and they did and now we can gillnet for Sockeye. Problem is that the Sockeye came over all at once on that second week and now they are all gone over a week earlier then usual so there's nothing to be caught. Since fishing is slow our scaffold fishermen is going home to Idaho so we have no fish until we can find someone else to fish our scaffolds.
7/3/16 Sunday, Sockeye counts dropping fast and a week earlier then usual. We aren't catching alot but we have some today. We'll be by Costco today around 1:30.
7/1/16 Friday, we'll be by Costco tomorrow in the black ford flatbed around 1:00. The Sockeye runs is fizzling out early this year and the count is dropping fast. This is about a week earlier than last year. So if you want Sockeye better get them now.
6/26/16, Sunday, we'll be by Costco today around 1:00. We have Sockeye and a few steelhead and Chinook. We're going to try out sales today if we do good we'll be back again. If not we won't.
6/16/16. Thursday, I have no one to fish for me on Friday and Saturday so we have to fish. Thought they'd be back on Sunday. Now they say they won't be back until Monday. So we have to fish Sunday too now. Fish sales start today. If you decide to come out and buy fish expect really high prices this year. We just got a call from buyers who buy fish for the big companies like Pacific Seafood and they are paying $8 lb for Chinook and $4lb for Sockeye. We'd have to sell them for $20 a fish to make it worth the extra work time and money to bring them to town so I figure they're going to be a lot higher out here.
6/11/16 Saturday, I've been getting calls about fish. Right now fishing has been closed for about a week now. Our next season opens on Thursday the 16th. Clifford says we're going to try to be down to sell fish next weekend hopefully. We are short handed again on sales. Nitana won't be able to sell fish for us this year so this makes it real hard to plan anything because it's hard to fish all night and then sell fish all day. If we never had to sleep this would work out fine. We've done it before so we'll try to do it again. This year's Sockeye run is supposed to be really .
3/30/16 This years run predictions for spring Chinook and Sockeye are low. The Sockeye runs looks pretty bad compared to the past several years. Spring Chinook run is smaller than last year. Right now ceremonial fishing is starting and after the churches and longhouses get their fish we will be able to sell fish that is if there are any fish left on our quota. We wont know until around the end of April but usually we don't get to sell until May. I will post again as i hear things. Right now only about a dozen chinook a day are crossing Bonneville Dam.
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.