2021 Yukon River Salmon Summer Fishery Announcement #8 Summer Update #2, Yukon Area Salmon Fishery

Districts Affected: Yukon Area

The 2021 Chinook salmon run size is forecasted to be smaller than the 2020 run and may not be strong enough to meet escapement objectives. In accordance with the preseason management strategy to take a conservative approach this season, subsistence fishing will be closed during the trickle and first pulse of the Chinook salmon run. This is intended to protect Chinook salmon while more information about the timing and strength of the run is collected. Closure dates are based on average swim speeds and when Chinook salmon are expected to arrive in each district.

Last edited 01/25/2022
Contact Information

Deena Jallen, Area Management Biologist

(907) 949-1320

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

In Fairbanks fishing schedule hotline: 459-7387

Chinook salmon observed to date in the lower portion of the Yukon River are part of the early trickle of fish, and it does not appear that the first pulse has been detected. An early group of Chinook salmon is making its way upriver and should be approaching Tanana, while fish have continued to trickle into the river in small numbers. The average first quarter point for Chinook salmon at the Pilot Station sonar with normal run timing is June 19.

At this time, few summer chum salmon have entered the Yukon River and the run appears to be late similar to 2019 and 2020. Currently, Chinook salmon outnumber summer chum salmon in the river. Selective gear openings will be considered when summer chum salmon are more abundant.

The inseason salmon management teleconferences hosted by the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association are held every Tuesday, at 1:00 p.m. To participate, call (800) 315-6338, and enter code: YUKON# (98566#).

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