What to Expect this Fishing Season
King salmon on the Kuskokwim are in trouble. Since last fall, there has been a growing local recognition that the problem is serious and that serious actions need to be taken. As has been pointed out repeatedly in our local papers, the run last year was the smallest on record; escapement was also the lowest on record, more than 15,000 fewer than the lower range of the escapement goal. Very few individual tributaries met their escapement goals, and all of the Kuskokwim drainage weir projects reported the lowest passage on record. The king salmon run in 2014 is forecast to be just as bad as it was last year. Thus, we expect there to be very little, if any, harvestable surplus.