Chignik River Federal Subsistence Fishery for Chinook Salmon

The Federal In-season Manager, pursuant to delegated authority from the Federal Subsistence Board under ANILCA Title VIII section 816, will issue an emergency special action (8-KS-01-18) to close fishing for Chinook Salmon to all users, non-federal and Federally qualified users, in Federal public waters of the Chignik River drainage, effective 12:01 a.m. Friday July 13. This action is necessary to ensure the continued viability of the Chignik River Chinook Salmon population. This action prohibits all fishing for Chinook Salmon and they may not be retained or possessed. Chinook Salmon accidentally caught while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

Last edited 01/25/2022
Contact Information

Jonathon Gerken

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Federal Inseason Manager

(907) 271-2776

The biological escapement goal for Chinook Salmon in the Chignik River drainage is 1,300 to 2,700 fish. The weir count as of July 11 was 229 Chinook Salmon. Based on historical run timing, approximately 40% of the escapement has occurred by July 11, and the current projected total escapement is approximately 550 fish. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game fishery managers have implemented restrictions to sport and subsistence fisheries. No commercial fisheries have been implemented for the 2018 fishing year in the Chignik Area. Effective July 13, parallel with this emergency special action (8-KS-01-18) the Chignik River state subsistence fishery and sport fishery for Chinook Salmon will be closed.

For additional information, contact Federal Inseason Manager Jonathon Gerken at (907) 271- 2776. Additional information about the Federal Subsistence Management Program can be found on the Web at

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