Dip Netting for Lamprey at the Dalles - c. 1887


Dip Netting for Lamprey at the Dalles - Bertram C. Towne

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The lamprey is an ancient fish, which like the salmon returns from several years in the ocean to spawn in fresh-water rivers. Like the salmon, it was and is prized by Native American tribes who catch it using dip nets (and sometimes by hand) along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.

This is the earliest photo I've seen of it being caught. Note in the lower left, and in detail view 2, the lamprey crawling over the rocks as they make their way upstream.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1010
Photographer Bertram C. Towne
Location Columbia River, Wasco County
Subject Fishing, Native Americans
Decade 1880s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Boudoir Card
Size of Original 4.6 x 7.5 inches
Photographer's Number No