Historic Photos of Oregon Fishing

Platform Fishing at Celilo Falls
Native American fishermen worked from platforms at Celilo Falls on Oregon's Columbia River. Salmon collected at the base of the falls and swim into hand-held nets or are gaffed as they looked for a way to negotiate the falls. The falls were covered when Bonneville Dam was built.

The work was not without risks: Consider landing a large flopping salmon with a net or gaff at the end of a fifteen-foot pole while standing on a damp, suspended plank above a boiling river! The man furthest to the left monitoring his net can be seen to have a safety line attached to his waist.

source: Oregon State Archives
Oregon Department of Transportation
ID: OHD1326

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  • Casting for Columbia Salmon - 1937
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  • Gaffed Salmon Celilo Falls - circa 1937
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