2021 Yukon River Salmon Fall Fishery Announcement # 6 Fall Update # 1, Yukon Area Salmon Fishery

The 2021 fall chum salmon run size is anticipated to be critically low, similar to this season’s summer chum salmon that was the lowest on record. The fall chum salmon preseason projection, based on the relationship between summer chum salmon and fall chum salmon run sizes, is for a run size less than 300,000 fish. According to the Fall Chum Salmon Management Plan, the preseason projection does not meet the threshold of 300,000 fish needed to allow subsistence fishing. In addition, the current run projection is unlikely to meet the drainagewide escapement goal of 300,000-600,000 fall chum salmon, tributary escapement goals and Canadian treaty objectives. Similar to last year, the Western Alaska chum salmon stocks in Kuskokwim and Norton Sound are also performing poorly.

Last edited 07/27/2021
Contact Information

Christy Gleason, Acting Area Management Biologist

Bonnie Borba, Fall Season Research Biologist

(907) 949-1320

Coho salmon typically enter the Yukon River in mid-August with the bulk of the run occurring between August 13 and 24 in the Lower Yukon Test Fishery (LYTF). The primary parent year for coho salmon this year is from the escapements of 2017. This year’s coho run size is anticipated to be below average to average (average is 240,000 fish).

View full News Release here http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/1308492981.pdf

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