Wooden/Bamboo Landing net
Alum Landing net
Rubber Landing net
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Nylon mono Gill net
Multifilament Gill net
Crab & Top
Lead hook head
Lead fish
Lead sinkers
Soft lure
Hard bait


   Gill net fishing is the primary method used by Indian people of the Klamath and Trinity rivers to catch salmon and steelhead. And in modern age, it is very popular in European areas. Historically, fibers of the Wild Iris plant were used to make the netting. Now, modern monofilament line is used. The nets, restricted to 100 feet in length, are placed in the river with corks and weights to allow them to hang in a vertical position. Fish swimming into the mesh are caught in the web by their gills.

1.       Contains floats along the top and weights on the bottom(Stands like a fence along the bottom, but can also be suspended)
2.       Fish too big to swim through the netting get caught by the gills when they try to back out
3.       Generally set perpendicular to shore and strung end to end in gangs
4.       single net varies in depth from 6 to 20 ft and length from 100 to 400 ft
5.       Handled in boxes, 3 to 5 nets or 1200 to 1800 ft per box
6.       United end to end to form gangs and may reach3 to 5miles in length
7.       Large mesh 4 to 5 inches stretched measure for whitefish, trout, and walleye
8.       Small mesh 2 3/8 to 3 inches for lake herring, chubs, yellow perch, and round whitefish
9.       Bait nets 1 to 2 inches for bait
10.   Gill nets have been set in depths greater than 700 feet
Gill Net Marking
Gill Nets set in water greater than 15 feet, must be marked on the surface at each end with a 4 foot staff buoy, 1212 red or orange flag, and owners license number.
1.       Gill Nets set in water less than 15 feet, must be marked on the surface at each end with a 614 float with owners license number, and a  1.5 4 float every 12 feet. Or a red or orange 6 14 float every 300 feet.
State Regulations
Commencing in 2002, nets shall be marked as above
1.       All gill nets set in depths greater than fifteen (15) feet shall have a staff buoy at each end with at least four (4)feet exposed above the surface of the water with a red or orange flag no less than twelve(12)inches by twelve(12)inches bearing the license number of the fisher and affixed to the top of the staff.
2.       Any gill net or portion of a gill net set in water less than fifteen(15) feet deep shall have: a red or orange float not less than one(1) gallon in size, or a red or orange PVC float that is at least six(6) inches by fourteen(14) inches inn size, on each end that is in water less than fifteen(15) feet deep. The floats at the ends of the net shall bear the license number of the fisher.
In addition, each such net shall also have either
1.       An additional float of the size described above spaced every three hundred(300) feet or less along the length of the net that is in water less than fifteen(15) feet.
Standard commercially available fluorescent orange floats at least one and one-half(1.5) inches by four(4) inches in size along the coralline not less than every twelve(12) feet in water less than fifteen(15)feet.
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