Black and white image of four men, one of whom is shoveling smelt from the bottom of a boat into wooden boxes. The boxes have the words "From the Columbia River Smelt Co. Kelso, Wash." stamped on them. The man doing the shoveling is an older man with his back to the camera. He is wearing a hat with a brim, a long-sleeved shirt, a vest with a large hole in the back, workpants and shoes. To his left, a younger man kneels, holding on to one of th boxes with his right hand. He is wearing a brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, and pants. In another boat facing the camera is an elderly man dressed in a suit, with jacket, white shirt and bowtie, and a brimmed hat. Next to him in the boat is a younger man, without a hat, wearing work pants, and a long-sleeved shirt with the collar pulled up around his neck. Behind them is the river and the opposite shore can be seen in the distance.
A black and white image of Castle Rock on the Columbia River. Fir trees line the riverbank and the shoreline in the immediate foreground is covered with stones and pebbles. Five rowboats or sailboats surround a small steamboat. An American flag is visible on one end of the steamboat. One person is in each of four of the smaller boats; the fifth boat is empty and is close to shore.
Black and white image of men in a boat taking fish from a fish trap on the Columbia River. The trap is constructed of tall wooden poles with nets strung in between them. There are four men in the boat, all wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, and hats. A fish can be seen on the far right as it is being pulled into the boat. In the background can be seen other fish traps and the opposite bank of the river. Trees line the riverbank. Written on the bottom left of the image are the words "278 J.F.Ford."
Black and white image of a fish wheel along the banks of the Columbia River. In the background are mountains and trees lining the riverbank. Several houses can be seen on the opposite shore. The fish wheel juts out from the riverbank in the foreground of the image. There is a wooden walkway leading out to the wheel and there appears to be a small fishing trawler docked to the side of it.
Black and white image of fishing boats docked at a wharf on the Columbia River. Fishing nets are hanging to dry on wharf. Several men are standing or walking along the wooden walkways of the wharf. There are ladders leading down from the wharf to the boats. In the boats can be seen oars and fishing gear. Men are sitting in several of the boats. On the right hand side of the image is the riverbank with pine trees growing up the side of a small hill. The riverbank curves around to the right and two wooden buildings can be seen.