Chignik River Restricted to Catch-and-Release Fishing for King Salmon
(Kodiak) – In favor of protecting returning king salmon and ensure fishing opportunities in the future, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is prohibiting retention of king salmon (catch-and-release only) in the Chignik River drainage downstream to Mensis Point, including Chignik and Black lakes and their tributaries, starting Monday, April 3, at 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, August 9, 2023. King salmon may not be retained or possessed; king salmon may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately. In addition, the use of bait is prohibited and only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure may be used in the Chignik River drainage.
“The Chignik River king salmon run has seen low returns over the last several years and was designated as a Stock of Concern by the Board of Fisheries in 2023,” stated Area Management Biologist Tyler Polum. “The escapement goal has only been achieved in 4 of the last 6 years and recent escapements have been some of the lowest on record. ADF&G is prohibiting harvest in the king salmon sport fishery until we are confident escapement goals will be achieved with enough surplus to allow harvest.”
King salmon harvest opportunities may be restored in the Chignik River by a subsequent emergency order if inseason assessment indicates the king salmon run is stronger than anticipated.
For additional information, please contact Area Management Biologist Tyler Polum at