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The Winter Gillnet Fishery in Bonneville Pool has been extended and will close 6pm on Saturday March 15, 2014. The Dalles Pool fishery will reopen one day earlier Wednesday March 12, 2014 and will close 6pm Saturday March 22, 2014.
The Fish and Wildlife Committee directed Fisheries Staff to schedule a fisher's meeting for Monday, March 24, 2014 from 10am - 4 pm at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, OR.
See attached memo for full agenda details.
Smelt returns to the Columbia Basin have been very low for the past several years; however an improved Smelt return is expected in the Cowlitz River in 2014.