State Closing Tanana River Coho Sport Fishery

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

Tanana River Coho Salmon Sport Fishery Closed

(Fairbanks) – To protect returning coho salmon and ensure fishing opportunities in the future, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is closing the Tanana River drainage to sport fishing for coho salmon, effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, September 8, 2022. This closure prohibits all sport fishing for coho salmon, including catch-and-release fishing. All coho salmon caught incidentally while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

Estimated passage of coho salmon past the Pilot Station sonar through September 5, 2022, was 89,570 which is well below the median cumulative count of 141,925. The closure of the coho salmon sport fishery is warranted throughout the entire Tanana River drainage to ensure adequate spawning escapement.

Reminder: Sport fishing for chum salmon in the Tanana River drainage remains closed. Similar to coho salmon, the chum salmon run has been weak.

For additional information, contact Andrew Gryska, Tanana Area Management Biologist, 907-459-7339.