EUGENE, Ore. — Massive fishing nets were lining Oregon rivers Wednesday, as tribes opened their fall commercial fisheries.
Tribes in Oregon only get a handful of days to keep their nets on the Columbia River. They’re trying to catch as many Steelhead and Chinook fish as possible.
The fishermen said the fish will help support their families all year long. Much of the fish they bring in, they’ll turn around and sell for half of what they sell in grocery stores.
According to biologists, the fall Chinook Salmon run is looking strong. They forecast around 650,000 fish will pass through the Bonneville Dam. However, Steelhead numbers are surprisingly low by about 360,000 fish.