Buskin River To Open For Sockeye Fishing

The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

(Kodiak) – In support of restoring fishing opportunities, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is reopening sport fishing for sockeye salmon in the Buskin River drainage effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 2 through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2022. This action restores the bag and possession limits to two sockeye salmon and allows anglers to target sockeye salmon in the Buskin River drainage.

“Through June 28, 2022, a total of 4,417 sockeye salmon have been counted through the Buskin River weir at the outlet of Buskin Lake,” stated Area Management Biologist Tyler Polum. “This is still below the ten-year average of about 6,500 but based on average run timing, only 65% of the Buskin River sockeye salmon run has occurred to date and it is projected to fall well within the escapement goal of 5,000 to 8,000 sockeye salmon even with harvest that will come with reopening the sport fishery.”

For additional information, please contact Area Management Biologist Tyler Polum at (907) 486-1880.