Columbia River Salmon Sales: Cascade Locks, Oregon

Near the Bridge of the Gods on the majestic Columbia River are several places to view Indian fishers dipnetting from their traditional wooden platforms or scaffolds. These wooden structures utilize engineering techniques that have been handed down for generations. Platform fishing is common on large rivers like the Columbia and provides accessibility to key fishing sites. Each one belongs to an individual family and the tribal fishers who use these scaffolds are most likely fishing in the same locations as their ancestors once did.

The Bridge of the Gods is named for an Indian legend that tells how a natural land bridge spanning the river was destroyed by the volcanic eruptions of two powerful warriors, Mount Adams and Mount Hood. The two were competing for the affection of another mountain, Sleeping Beauty, west of Mount Adams. The Bridge of the Gods connects Oregon, at Cascade Locks, and Washington State near North Bonneville.

The Umatilla tribal member-owned Brigham Fish Market sells fresh Columbia River-caught salmon and other fish in season, along with packaged fish and other food items throughout the year. The market is located at 681 WaNaPa Street, Cascade Locks, and their phone number is 541-374-9340 for more information. There are also signs indicating over-the-bank sales locations where you can buy freshly caught fish directly from the fishers, including the Bridgeside restaurant parking lot under the Bridge of Gods, Cascade Locks Marine Park, and “Indian Camp.”

For more information about buying fresh Indian-caught salmon in season, visit the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) website at critfc.org. The CRITFC mission is to ensure a unified voice in the overall management of the fishery resources, and to protect reserved treaty rights through the exercise of the inherent sovereign powers of the tribes. The organization includes the Yakama, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Nez Perce Tribes.

Contact Information

Buck Jones & Jeremy FiveCrows
Reservations and Information:
888.289.1855

Address:
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), 700 Northeast Multnomah Street, Portland, Oregon 97232, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Fresh fish sales can occur any day of the week. Best availability is 10 a.m. to dusk (dependent upon supply and weather) Days, times and locations may vary with vendors.
  • Seasons Open

    In most years, the public can purchase fresh premium chinook and steelhead from mid-June through early October directly from tribal fishers. In some years, sales of spring chinook begin in May. In June and July, fresh sockeye are available. In the fall, fall chinook, coho, and tule chinook can be found. Small quantities of shad, walleye and other non-native fish may be available as well. The sale of fresh sturgeon occurs at only limited times throughout the year. The fish is fresh, reasonably priced and can be purchased already cleaned. Direct-to-public sales help Indian fishers support their families and make it possible for them to continue this traditional livelihood. We invite you and your family to be a part of this time-honored Northwest tradition. Visit www.critfc. org/harvest, follow @ColumbiaSalmon on Twitter, or call 1-888-289-1855 for current information.
  • Prices and Fees

    Each fisher is independent; prices are set by fishers. Most sales are cash only
  • Accessibility

    Most sales locations are easy drive-up.
  • Eco Friendly Notes

    Columbia River fisheries are carefully managed in a comanagementprocess between the tribes, the states, and the federal government to ensure all fisheries affecting Columbia River stocks are managed on a sustainable basis providing access to harvestable groups of fish while ensuring enough of weaker runs pass through fisheries to assist with overall salmon restoration efforts. Regulations, such as limits on fishing days, location and gear are based upon past fish harvests, migration data and current fish counts. The catch is also monitored and sampled for biological information. As long as fishing regulations are carefully crafted and enforced, we will have salmon in our rivers and on our tables. CRITFC provides the tribes and the region with invaluable biological research, fisheries management, hydrology, and other science to support the protection and restoration of Columbia River Basin salmon, lamprey, and sturgeon. The vision of this goal is to reverse the decline of salmon, lamprey, and sturgeon and rebuild their numbers to full productivity. This work is guided by the holistic principles outlined in Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit (Spirit of the Salmon), the tribal salmon plan that addresses recommended restoration actions in every phase of the salmon’s lifecycle from stream to ocean and back. To learn more about the tribes’ Spirit of the Salmon restoration plan and how you might help, visit plan.critfc.org.
  • Locally or Family Owned Notes

    In 1855, the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Yakama and Warm Springs tribes signed treaties with the United States government to reserve, forever, their right to fish at all of their usual and accustomed places. The rich custom of tribal fishing continues to be essential to the sovereignty, culture and economy of these tribes and to the entire Pacific Northwest.