Situk River Federal subsistence Chinook Salmon fishery reopened

YAKUTAT, Alaska–Yakutat District Ranger Lee Benson, under authority delegated by the Federal Subsistence Board, has announced that the Situk River will reopen to the harvest of Chinook Salmon at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 16, 2021 due to the Chinook Salmon run being projected to meet or exceed the upper end of the escapement goal.

Last edited 01/25/2022
Contact Information

Paul Robbins Jr.

Public Affairs Officer

Tongass National Forest


Bait will be allowed when fishing with rod and reel as per the Yakutat area regulations. The use of gillnets remains prohibited in the Situk River though Friday, July 30, 2021, to minimize the incidental mortality of Chinook Salmon beyond the allowable harvest.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has also taken action to reopen the State subsistence fisheries. ADF&G has set the biological escapement goal for the Situk River drainage at 450-1,050 large (>28 inches) Chinook Salmon. The return of large Chinook Salmon to the Situk River has been below the goal in five of the last ten years. The goal was achieved in 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019 , and 2020, after restrictive management measures were implemented. Even though the 2021 run is expected to meet or exceed the upper end of the escapement goal, chronic low returns require a conservative approach to harvest to allow as many Chinook Salmon as possible to reach the spawning grounds; conservative harvest limits will be specified as permit conditions. Current Federal subsistence fishing permit holders interested in harvesting kings and those interested in obtaining a permit, or for more information, may contact Yakutat District Ranger Lee Benson at 907-784-3018 or Susan Oehlers at 907-312-8003 ( Federal subsistence fishing regulations are available through the Yakutat Ranger District and online at

Information on the Federal Subsistence Management Program can be found on the web at

For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 907- 228-2063 or


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