2019 Yukon River Summer Salmon Fishery News Release #34 District 2 Commercial Fishing Schedule

With passage at Pilot Station sonar of over 1,100,000 summer chum salmon, a commercial surplus is available for harvest. The Chinook salmon run is over 95% complete in the lower river.  Current passage at Pilot Station sonar is over 200,000 Chinook salmon and indicates run sizes coming in near the upper end of the preseason forecast. Escapement goals and harvest share objectives are likely to be met, and unrestricted subsistence opportunity to harvest Chinook salmon is being provided. The department, after consideration of the data and discussion with the U.S. section of the Yukon River Panel, has allowed the sale of incidentally caught Chinook salmon during commercial openings for chum salmon. This is in accordance with the Yukon River King Salmon Management Plan and the management strategy presented and discussed with fishermen at preseason planning meetings for Chinook runs coming in near the upper end of the forecast.

Last edited 01/25/2022
Contact Information

Holly Carroll, Area Management Biologist

Deena Jallen, Assistant Area Management Biologist

Lower Yukon Area Office, Emmonak, Alaska

Phone: (907) 949-1320

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

Subsistence fishermen in District 1 and 2 must remove the tips of the tail fin of Chinook salmon caught during subsistence openings. This measure is required in regulation and is intended to prevent the unlawful sale of subsistence-caught Chinook salmon.

District 2 Commercial:

Commercial fishing will open with 6-inch or smaller mesh gillnets:

  • A 12-hour period from 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11 to 6 a.m. Friday, July 12

Chinook salmon may be sold during these commercial openings. All Chinook salmon sold or retained for subsistence during commercial openings must be recorded on a fish ticket. Fishermen must confirm they have a buyer and should check on tender locations prior to fishing.

This is an announcement by the ADF&G in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. To reach the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Fairbanks call 455-1849.

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