Nushagak-Mulchatna River Sockeye Limit Increased

Sockeye photo by Katrina Mueller/USFWS


the following press release is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is increasing the bag limit for sockeye salmon from five (5) to ten (10) per day, ten (10) in possession in all waters of the Nushagak-Mulchatna River drainage, excluding the Wood River drainage, effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2017. The bag limit for other salmon, except king and sockeye salmon, remains at five (5) per day, five (5) in possession. These limits are in combination with the more liberal limits for sockeye salmon.

The escapement of sockeye salmon in the Nushagak River has exceeded the escapement goal of 370,000 to 900,000 fish. Through June 28, nearly one million sockeye salmon have been counted at the Portage Creek sonar. Therefore, it is warranted to increase the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon in the Nushagak-Mulchatna River sport fishery.

For more information, contact the Dillingham area office at (907) 842-2427 or the Dillingham Sport Fish regulation recorder at (907) 842-REGS (842-7347).