Situk River King Salmon Fishery Reopening

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

Situk River King Salmon Sport Fishery Reopens Below Weir on July 24

(Yakutat) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the king salmon sport fishery on the Situk River will reopen to the retention of king salmon below the Situk River weir on Sunday, July 24. The bag and possession limits are one king salmon 20 inches or greater in length and 10 king salmon less than 20 inches in length. Nonresident anglers have an annual limit of two fish over 20” in length. Fishing above the Situk River weir remains closed to the retention of king salmon. Any king salmon caught upstream of the weir must not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

Anglers are reminded that in order to sport fish for king salmon you must be in possession of a valid 2022 king salmon stamp.

The Situk River drainage is managed for a biological escapement goal of 450 to 1,050 large king salmon. The Situk River weir count through July 19 is 797 large king salmon, which is within the escapement goal range. Typically, by this date, approximately 82% of the king salmon run has passed the Situk River weir. Allowing sport harvest of king salmon below the Situk River weir for the remainder of the season will increase harvest opportunity for sport anglers and will not put the achievement of the escapement goal in jeopardy.

For further information, contact the Yakutat ADF&G office at 907-784-3222 or visit our website.