1. 635-042-0160, 635-042-0170 and 635-042-0180
2012 Fall Commercial Seasons Set for Columbia River Select Area Fisheries
Adopted June 26, 2012: effective August 13, 2012 through October 31, 2012.
These amended rules set the 2012 Fall commercial gill net salmon seasons for the Columbia
River Select Areas including: Blind and Knappa sloughs, Tongue Point/South Channel and
Deep River. Modifications are consistent with action taken June 26, 2012 by the Columbia
River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.
2. 635-051-00001; 635-053-0005
Amend rules to reduce tag numbers to zero (0) for Whitehorse Unit 68, Sage-Grouse
Adopted August 10, 2012: effective August 10, 2012 through February 6, 2013.
This temporary rule amends rules to reduce tag numbers to zero (0) for Whitehorse Unit 68 to
sage grouse hunting due to wildfires that have burned a substantial portion of the sage grouse
habitat within the Whitehorse Unit.
Columbia River Treaty Indian Commercial Gill Net Salmon Season Set
Adopted August 14, 2012: effective August 21, 2012 through October 31, 2012.
This amended rule allows commercial sales of fish caught during the Treaty Indian commercial
fall salmon gill net fishery in the Columbia River and its Washington tributaries. The first period
(2.5 days) of the fall gill net fishery is scheduled to begin at 6:00 a.m., Monday, August 21,
2012. Modifications are consistent with action taken August 14, 2012 by the Columbia River
Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington in cooperation with the Columbia River Treaty
Federal Actions and Management Measures Implemented for Commercial Fixed-gear
Sablefish DTL Fisheries
Adopted August 14, 2012: effective September 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
This amended rule implements in-season actions previously adopted by the federal
government for 2012 Pacific Ocean commercial groundfish fisheries, including but not limited
to changes in limited entry sablefish DTL fishery trip limits.
Amend rule to extend the hunt season for Bighorn Sheep Controlled Hunt 568B
Adopted August 16, 2012: effective August 16, 2012 through November 1, 2012.
The current season for the Bighorn Sheep Controlled Hunt (568B) is from August 18 to August
31, 2012. This rule amendment would extend the season to October 31, 2012 and provide an
option for Department staff to authorize hunters who do not hunt during the extended 2012
season to exercise the tag in the 2012 season.
Directed Commercial Sardine Fishery Second Allocation Period Closes August 23, 2012
Adopted August 20, 2012: effective August 23, 2012 through September 14, 2012.
This amended rule closes the Second Allocation Period of the directed commercial sardine
fishery effective August 23 through September 14, 2012. Modifications conform state
regulations to federal rule changes posted for public inspection August 17, 2012 with intent to
publish these changes in the Federal Register. The federal publication referenced in the
amended rule OAR 635-004-0375(1)(b) is also updated to correspond to current federal
2012 Snake River Fall Chinook Sport Fishery below Hells Canyon Dam Opens
Adopted August 20, 2012: effective September 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
Amended rule implements a fall Chinook fishery on the Snake River from the Oregon-
Washington border upstream to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam beginning on
September 1, 2012, to coincide with State of Idaho regulations for this concurrent fishery.
Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain Summer All-Depth Season Closed To Retention of
Adopted August 23, 2012: effective August 24, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
This amended rule closes the all-depth spring sport fishery for Pacific halibut in the area
between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain, Oregon at 11:59 p.m., on August 24, 2012
when the quota of 47,639 pounds is projected to have been taken. This rule is consistent with
regulations that have been implemented by the federal government and the International
Pacific Halibut Commission for the 2012 Oregon recreational fishery for Pacific halibut.
Additional Fall Commercial Drift Gill Net Seasons Set for the Mainstem Columbia River
Adopted August 24, 2012: effective August 26, 2012 through October 31, 2012.
This amended rule authorizes two additional fishing periods for the 2012 fall commercial salmon
drift gill net fishery in the Columbia River mainstem in Zones 4 through 5. The first authorized
fishing period begins at 9:00 p.m., Sunday, August 26, 2012. Modifications are consistent with
action taken August 24, 2012 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and
Zone 6 Treaty Indian Subsistence Fishing Area Modified
Adopted August 27, 2012: effective August 27, 2012 through December 12, 2012.
This amended rule modifies the subsistence fishing sanctuary restriction around the mouth of
Fifteenmile Creek in Bonneville Reservoir to allow the taking of salmon and steelhead, during
the period from June 16 through November 15.
Multiple Southeast Zone Streams Closed To All Angling until Further Notice
Adopted August 28, 2012: effective September 1, 2012 through February 27, 2013.
This amended rule closes multiple streams within the Southeast Zone to all angling until further
notice. Wildfires within the Willow-Whitehorse Basin, McDermitt Creek subbasin, and Quinn
Basin (Malheur County) have caused extensive damage to riparian vegetation and fish habitat.
Direct fish mortality has occurred in several streams.
Amend Wildlife Integrity rules to include “live or dead” Zebra/Quagga mussels
Adopted August 31, 2012; effective August 31, 2012 through February 26, 2013
The current rules for Zebra/Quagga mussels, Dreissenidae, only applies to live species which
makes it difficult for law enforcement to have the ability to stop trailered watercraft for suspicion
of carrying Zebra/Quagga mussels. By amending the current rule to include “live or dead”, this
would give law enforcement the ability to stop trailered watercraft suspected of transporting
invasive Quagga/Zebra mussels without having to prove that mussels were alive and therefore
in violation of the current “prohibited species” rule.
Amend rules to expand the hunt area for Bighorn Sheep Controlled Hunt 558A
Adopted September 4, 2012: effective September 4, 2012 through March 2, 2013.
This rule will expand the hunt area for Bighorn Sheep Hunt 558A, Chesnimnus. This
expansion will allow the hunter possessing a tag for Bighorn Sheep Hunt 558A to also hunt in
the Snake River No. 1 (539A1) hunt. Because the sheep have moved from the hunt area
because of a large wildlife, this amendment is necessary to allow the hunter possessing an
unused once in a lifetime bighorn sheep tag an opportunity to an adjacent unburned area.
Thief Valley Reservoir Sport Gamefish Harvest Opportunity
Adopted September 5, 2012: effective September 7, 2012 through February 27, 2013.
Amended rule authorizes increased catch limits and methods of take in Thief Valley Reservoir.
Due to low water storage levels, the reservoir will be drained of storage water and fish will be
trapped in isolated pools and stressed by warm and turbid water. Rule modifications provide
the public opportunity to salvage fish that will otherwise die when Thief Valley Reservoir is
drained for irrigation purposes.
The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 AM on September 7, 2012. If you wish to receive written materials prepared for any of the agenda items, please contact the Director’s Office in Salem at 503.947.6044 to request a packet for those items, which interest you or see the agency’s website.
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