2021 Yukon River Salmon Fall Fishery Announcement #3 Subdistrict 4-A Lower Subsistence Fishing Schedule

Districts Affected: Upper Yukon Area

The 2021 fall chum salmon run size is anticipated to be critically low. The fall chum salmon preseason projection, based on the relationship between summer chum salmon and fall chum salmon run sizes, is for a run size less than 300,000 fish. According to the Fall Chum Salmon Management Plan, the preseason projection does not meet the threshold of 300,000 fish needed to allow subsistence fishing. In addition, the current run projection is unlikely to meet the drainagewide escapement goal of 300,000-600,000 fall chum salmon, tributary escapement goals and Canadian treaty objectives. Therefore, subsistence salmon fishing will be closed to begin the fall season, except for the use of selective gear to target salmon other than Chinook and chum.

Last edited 01/25/2022
Contact Information

Jeff Estensen, Area Management Biologist

Christy Gleason, Asst. Area Management Biologist

(907) 949-1320

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

Consistent with transitioning to fall season management, the following management actions are in effect: Subdistrict 4-A Lower (Anvik and Grayling) including the Anvik River:

Effective Saturday, July 24, at 12:01 a.m. subsistence fishing will open with dip nets and hook and line gear to target salmon species other than Chinook and chum salmon (such as pink, sockeye and coho salmon). All Chinook and chum salmon caught using selective gear must be released alive immediately. Subsistence salmon fishing with other gear types remain closed.

Gillnets of 4-inch or smaller mesh may be used during subsistence salmon fishing closures to target non-salmon. However, due to the conservation concern for Chinook and chum salmon, 4-inch or smaller mesh gillnets are restricted to a maximum length of 60-feet. Fishermen are reminded to use this gear in areas where non-salmon species are abundant to avoid incidentally harvesting Chinook and chum salmon.

Additionally, other legal gear to take non-salmon species during subsistence salmon fishing closures in this subdistrict include hand line, longline, fyke net, dip net, jigging gear, spear, and hook and line with a rod or pole.

The department would also like to thank fishermen for their continued cooperation during these times of conservation for Chinook and chum salmon.

Yukon Area advisory announcements and fish counts can be obtained by visiting www.facebook.com/YukonRiverFishingADFG. To receive advisory announcements by email, sign up at www.cfnews.adfg.alaska.gov.

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 Yukon River Subsistence Fishery Manager, Holly Carroll, please call 351-3029.

Announcements will be shared on Facebook at www.facebook.com/YukonRiverFishingADFG

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