2020 Yukon River Salmon Fall Fishery Announcement #5 District 4 Subsistence Fishing Schedule

Districts Affected: Upper Yukon Area

The 2020 fall chum salmon preseason projection is for a run size of less than 450,000 fish. This level of abundance is not likely to meet escapement goals and treaty objectives. The 2016 parent year that produced this year’s age- four age class has shown exceptionally poor survival in all chum salmon runs in all western Alaska. Without the age-four fish that typically dominate a fall chum salmon run, the overall return is expected to be much lower than forecasted. Consequently, the subsistence fishing schedule is being reduced to limit the harvest of fall chum salmon and to allow more fall chum salmon to reach their spawning areas.

Last edited 01/25/2022
Contact Information

Jeff Estensen, Area Management Biologist

(907) 459-7274

Toll free fishing schedule and counts: (866) 479-7387

In Fairbanks fishing schedule hotline: 459-7387

Subsistence Management Actions:

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

Fishing is open with 7.5-inch or smaller mesh gillnets and fish wheels on a schedule of two 48-hour periods per week from:

6 p.m. Sundays to 6 p.m. Tuesdays

6 p.m. Wednesdays to 6 p.m. Fridays

Effective 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 31, subsistence salmon fishing will close. Subsistence salmon fishing will reopen 6:00 p.m. Saturday, August 1, on a reduced fishing schedule of two 18-hour periods per week from:

6:00 p.m. Saturdays to 12:00 noon Sundays 6:00 p.m. Wednesdays to 12:00 noon Thursdays

Koyukuk River:

Subsistence fishing will remain on the current schedule of seven days per week, 24 hours per day with 7.5 inch or smaller mesh gillnets.

During subsistence salmon fishing closures, only gillnets with 4-inch or smaller mesh may be used to target non- salmon species.

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 456-0406.

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