The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:
As of June 26, 2019, 7,114 sockeye salmon have passed the weir. The escapement goal for sockeye salmon into the Buskin River drainage is 5,000 to 8,000 fish. Typically, about 65% of the run has occurred and the spawning escapement is projected to exceed the upper end of the escapement goal for this stock. Therefore, it is warranted to increase the bag limit for sockeye salmon to provide additional angler opportunity and attempt to achieve escapement goals for this system.
“While the Buskin River sockeye run started off very slow, a large push of fish has entered the river in the last week,” stated Area Management Biologist Tyler Polum. “Now we’re projecting to exceed the upper end of the escapement goal and can increase the bag limit to 5 per day. It’s a great chance for anglers to get out with their families and catch some sockeye.”
For additional information, please contact the Division of Sport Fish Kodiak Office at (907) 486-1880.