2018 Yukon River Salmon Fishery News Release # 35 - District 4 Subsistence Fishing Schedule

Districts Affected: Upper Yukon Area

Chinook salmon passage at the Pilot Station sonar is well below average and appears to be similar to 2015 in run timing and abundance. Current assessment is indicating the 2018 Chinook salmon run may be coming in below the lower end of the preseason projection. Subsistence restrictions including reduced fishing time and restricted gillnet mesh size are necessary. The current management strategy is to provide some limited Chinook harvest opportunity. Fishermen may need to adjust their Chinook salmon harvest goals to account for this weaker than expected run size.

Last edited 01/25/2022
Contact Information

Holly Carroll, Area Management Biologist

Lower Yukon Area Office

(907) 949-1320

Fred Bue, Yukon Area Inseason Manager

Fairbanks Fish and Wildlife Field Office

(907) 455-1849 or (800) 267-3997

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

Fishing schedule hotline in Fairbanks: 459-7387

Subsistence Management Actions:

District 4 (including Anvik, Grayling, Kaltag, Nulato, Koyukuk, Galena and Ruby):

As previously announced, fishing is currently open until 6 p.m. Monday, July 2 with 7.5-inch or smaller mesh gillnets and fish wheels. Fishing will reopen from 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 5 with 6-inch or smaller mesh gillnets and fish wheels.

Effective 6 p.m. Sunday, July 8, fishing will open with gillnets and fish wheels for two 24-hour periods:

7.5-inch or smaller mesh gillnets: 6 p.m. Sunday, July 8 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 9

6-inch or smaller mesh gillnets: 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12

Fishermen may use set and drift gillnets and fish wheels. During subsistence salmon fishing closures, only gillnets with 4-inch or smaller mesh may be used to target non-salmon species.

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