Columbia River Salmon Sales: Roosevelt, Washington

When Lewis and Clark passed through this area in October 1805, they had to ride through many difficult rapids and around huge boulders now inundated by dam floodwaters. They also saw numerous Indian camps and villages “near each other along the shores on both sides of the river.” Native people were here for the fall fishery.

Today, fresh salmon caught in the Columbia River can also be purchased in Roosevelt, Washington. From Highway 14 at Roosevelt, turn toward the river onto Roosevelt Ferry Road. Proceed to the boat launch and the Treaty Fishing Access Site.

Nearby Lake Umatilla is a 110-mile reservoir on the Columbia River. It offers good fishing for smallmouth bass, walleye, and other warm-water species. Sturgeon, steelhead, salmon, can also be caught. Boat launch facilities on the Washington side are available at Plymouth, Paterson, Crow Butte Park, and Roosevelt. On the Oregon shore, boat launch facilities are located at Umatilla, Irrigon, Paterson Ferry, Boardman, Arlington, and John Day River.

For more information about buying fresh Indian-caught salmon in season, visit the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) website at

The CRITFC mission is to ensure a unified voice in the overall management of the fishery resources, and as managers, 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:

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

    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.
  • 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.