2018 Yukon River Fall Salmon Fishery News Release # 26 - District 2 Commercial Period 8 and Subsistence Schedule

Districts Affected: Lower Yukon Area

The 2018 fall chum salmon inseason run projection is 700,000 to 900,000 fish. Fall chum salmon passage by the mainstem sonar near Pilot Station through August 9 is 252,800 fish, which is below the 307,244 fish median for that date. Although passage is below median, the 2018 fall chum salmon run is tracking within the preseason projection range.

Last edited 01/25/2022
Contact Information

Jeff Estensen, Area Management Biologist

Christy Gleason, Asst. Area Management Biologist

Lower Yukon Area Office

(907) 949-1320

Toll free fishing schedule hotline: (866) 479-7387

District 2 Commercial Fishing:

Commercial fishing will be open for one period in District 2, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 10. This will be a 4-hour commercial fishing period with gillnets restricted to 6-inch or smaller mesh size. The sale of Chinook salmon is prohibited. Chinook salmon retained from commercial gillnet gear must be recorded on a fish ticket as retained but not sold. It is important commercial fishermen confirm their buyer prior to fishing as all the registered buyers in District 2 may be operating.

District 2 Subsistence Salmon Fishing Schedule:

Subsistence salmon fishing in District 2 is open during the fall season 7 days per week, 24 hours per day with gillnets restricted to a maximum mesh size of 7.5 inches, except for closures before, during and after commercial fishing periods. Because of the short notice for this opening, Subsistence salmon fishing will close at 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 10, and reopen at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11. Fishermen may use 4-inch or smaller mesh size gillnets to target non-salmon species during subsistence salmon closures.

Preliminary reports from the District 2 commercial opening on August 8 indicate a harvest of 6,425 fall chum salmon from 143 permit holders. The preliminary cumulative commercial harvest for District 2 through August 8 is 30,858 fall chum salmon.

This is an announcement by the ADF&G in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. To reach the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Emmonak call 949-1798. News releases and fishery information will be shared on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/YukonRiverFishingADFG

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