(Portland, OR) -- There will be a limited time smelt fishery on the Sandy River for the first time since 2015. Smelt are six to nine inch long fish that spend most of their life in the ocean before returning to the Columbia River to spawn. Most adults die shortly after spawning, so it's not uncommon to see large numbers of dead smelt along the river. They're caught using a dipnet. The fishery will be open this Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. from the mouth of the Sandy River to the Stark Street Bridge with a limit of 10 pounds per person. Each dipper needs a valid 2023 Oregon angling license.