Inseason Alaska Commercial Salmon Summary

This summary provides management, harvest, and escapement information for the Alaska commercial salmon fishing season. This summary will be updated each Friday between mid-May and September. Please note, inseason harvest data published in this summary are preliminary and subject to change. For more information on the Blue Sheet, inseason summaries, and harvest timing charts, please see our Blue Sheet, Inseason Summary, and Harvest Timing Charts Overview page.

Statewide Summary

Last updated: Thursday, May 12

Alaska's commercial salmon net fisheries begin this week with the Copper River District opening on May 16. Most other areas of the state will see their first commercial salmon net fishery openings in early June. Many ADF&G stock assessment projects are being deployed this month and inseason counts will be posted on the ADF&G website as those projects become active and begin providing data to fishery managers and the public.

The forecast all species commercial salmon harvest for 2022 is about 161 million fish, which if realized, will be considerably larger than recent even-year harvests, and would be the largest even year harvest since 2010. Inseason harvest timing can be tracked here: Inseason Commercial Salmon Harvest Timing.


Southeast Alaska & Yakutat

Troll Fishery

Last updated: Friday, June 24

During the 2022 BOF meeting in Anchorage, action plans were adopted giving the department direction, through emergency order authority, to identify and implement actions that provide conservation for Southeast Alaska/Yakutat (SEAK) and Transboundary River (TBR) wild Chinook salmon stocks while continuing to identify harvest opportunities for the troll fishery that maintain conservation of these stocks. These measures and supplementary emergency order actions restrict spring troll fisheries for conservation of SEAK and TBR Chinook salmon stocks by limiting fisheries to areas on the outer coast near hatcheries or hatchery release sites. A total of 11 spring troll and 9 terminal harvest areas targeting Alaska hatchery Chinook salmon have been opened to date. The spring troll fishery season will close on June 30.

A total of 218 troll permits have reported 12,567 Chinook salmon harvested from 1,002 spring and terminal troll landings through June 23 (statistical week 26). This is a decrease in effort of  40 permits from 2021 and 67 permits from the 5-year average, primarily due to the reduced number of open fishing areas. The 2022 cumulative spring Chinook salmon harvest is down from 2021 by 1,306 fish but above the 5-year average by 1,099 fish. The current spring troll seasonal average weight for Chinook salmon of 11.5 lb is above the 2021 and below the 5-year averages of 11.4 lb and 12.3 lb for the same period. The spring seasonal Chinook salmon average price per pound of $7.52 is below the 2021 and 5-year average price of $9.89 and $9.12.

Alaska hatchery chum salmon fisheries have been opened in 6 spring troll and several terminal areas. Regional troll effort targeting hatchery chum salmon is low. Based on fish tickets received for statistical weeks 25 and 26, a total of 9 vessels have harvested 415 chum salmon in the Homeshore chum salmon fishery with a catch/landing of 35 fish.

The 2022 summer troll fishery will open July 1 at 12:01 a.m. to target approximately 110,200 Chinook salmon during the first retention period, estimated to last between 10 and 12 days. The 2022 Summer Troll Fishery Management Plan is available at ADF&G area offices or on the troll website at:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialbyareasoutheast.salmon_trollsummer.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Purse Seine Fishery

Last updated: Friday, June 24

The 2022 Southeast Alaska (SEAK) pink salmon harvest is predicted to be in the average range with a point estimate of 28 million fish (80% prediction interval: 19-42 million fish). The first purse seine opening was Sunday, June 19 in the Point Augusta Index fishery. Effort was minimal and harvest is confidential. The next opening will occur on Sunday, June 26 in the same area. More area is expected to open Sunday July 3 with area in Districts 1, 2, 4, 7, and 12 scheduled to open. Subsequent openings will be based on aerial observations and fishery performance data. The department will carefully monitor inseason information and will manage the fishery to ensure escapement goals are met, obtain district and stock group escapement targets, and distribute escapements throughout the run while providing maximum fishing opportunity. The department is prepared to provide additional fishing opportunity as run strength and fleet distribution allows by expanding fishing opportunity from one to two 15-hour periods per week, to 39-hour periods, to 2-days-on/2-days-off, or a more continuous fishing schedule. 

In 2022, the District 4 purse seine fishery may start, by regulation, on Sunday, July 3. District 4 will be managed under the Pacific Salmon Treaty (PST) annex through July 23 (statistical weeks 28, 29, and 30). The inseason forecast will be analyzed prior to the July 3 opening and if run size warrants an opening, the district will open on July 3. The initial opening will be for a yet to be determined length and will be based on the best available data at the time of the announcement. The duration of following openings will be based on sockeye salmon escapement estimates through the Tyee test fishery at the mouth of the Skeena River, harvest and catch per unit effort (CPUE), effort levels, and pink salmon run strength. Fisheries and Oceans, Canada (DFO) has a preseason expectation of approximately 2,694,000 sockeye salmon to the combined Nass and Skeena Rivers in 2022. This is a combined forecast of 2,134,000 Skeena River sockeye salmon and 560,000 Nass River sockeye salmon. If the 2022 forecast is accurate, and the combined escapement is 1.1 million sockeye salmon, then the Annual Allowable Harvest for District 4 will be approximately 39,000 Nass and Skeena Rivers sockeye salmon.

For the 2022 season, terminal harvest area (THA) purse seine fisheries to harvest fish returning to Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) hatchery release sites are occurring at Anita Bay, Carroll Inlet, Kendrick Bay, Carroll Inlet, Neets Bay, and Anita Bay. Fisheries to harvest fish returning to Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) hatchery release sites have begun or are scheduled to open at later time at Thomas Bay, Southeast Cove, Deep Inlet, and Crawfish Inlet, and possibly the Amalga Harbor SHA remote release site to harvest returning Douglas Island Pink and Chum (DIPAC) fish. Common property purse seine openings in the Hidden Falls THA to target hatchery produced chum salmon are unlikely in 2022.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Drift Gillnet Fishery

Last updated: Monday, May 02

For further details concerning this fishery, please see the 2022 Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan (PDF 3,507 kB)

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Tree Point/Section 1-B

Last updated: Friday, June 24

The Tree Point drift gillnet fishery was open 4 days starting on Sunday, June 19. In comparison to the 10-year average, harvest of Chinook was near the average, and all other salmon species were below average. The effort level of 25 vessels was well below the 10-year average of 42 vessels. The estimated weekly harvest for statistical week 26 was 450 Chinook salmon, 3,600 sockeye salmon, 50 coho salmon, 100 pink salmon, and 1,800 chum salmon. The Nass River has a pre-season forecast of 560,000 sockeye salmon, allowing for a treaty harvest of approximately 50,000 sockeye salmon. With effort below average and currently no treaty concerns, Tree Point will open for 4 days in statistical week 27, beginning at 12:01 p.m., Sunday, June 26.

 

For further details concerning this fishery, please see the 2022 Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan (PDF 3,507 kB)

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Stikine and Prince of Wales/Districts 6 and 8

Last updated: Friday, June 24

District 6 opened for 48 hours beginning Sunday, June 19. District 8 did not open in an effort to conserve Stikine River and Andrews Creek Chinook salmon. A six-inch maximum mesh restriction was implemented for Chinook salmon conservation. On-the-grounds surveys indicated sockeye salmon abundance above average for the time of year. However, the harvest of all species was below average due to a low number of participants, which was about half of the average for statistical week 26. District 6 and a small area in District 8 will open on June 26 for 48 hours with mesh restrictions in effect for Chinook salmon conservation. ADF&G personnel will be on the grounds assessing sockeye salmon run strength for possible adjustments to fishing periods.   

The 2022 preseason forecast for Stikine River sockeye salmon is 63,000 fish, which is well below the average of 99,000 fish. This forecast includes: 42,000 Tahltan Lake and 21,000 mainstem sockeye salmon and results in a U.S. allowable catch (AC) of 9,500 Stikine River sockeye salmon and is comprised only of Tahltan Lake fish. Since the forecast of mainstem sockeye salmon is below the midpoint of the escapement goal, there is no AC for mainstem bound sockeye salmon. If the run comes in on forecast, there will be sufficient fish to meet escapement needs for Tahltan Lake with an allowable catch but will only provide for escapement needs on the mainstem.

The 2022 preseason terminal run forecast for Stikine River large Chinook salmon is 7,400 fish. This forecast is well below the average of 17,600 fish and below the escapement goal range of 14,000–28,000 fish. This forecast does not allow for directed Chinook salmon fisheries in District 8. Recent trends of Stikine River Chinook salmon abundance and trends in Chinook salmon abundance throughout Southeast Alaska indicate very poor survival of Chinook salmon. As such, conservation measures will continue to be in place next week.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Taku-Snettisham/Section 11-B

Last updated: Friday, June 24

The inaugural opening of the 2022 District 11 drift gillnet fishery drew the interest of about 25 boats, which was similar to the weekly effort seen during the last 2 seasons and about half of the recent 10-year average. Efforts to conserve Chinook salmon have included major time, area, and gear restrictions in the previous 6 seasons, and subsequently harvest and catch rates of sockeye and chum salmon are not comparable to a longer-term average. This week’s sockeye and chum salmon harvests (300 and 1,500 fish) and catch rates were well below the 5-year averages under similar restrictions. The sockeye salmon weekly catch rate was down from last year and approximately 54% of the recent 5-year average. The chum salmon weekly catch rate was up slightly from last season but was only approximately 2% of the recent 5-year average.

The Chinook salmon weekly harvest estimate of 130 fish is below the recent 5-year average and catch per unit effort (CPUE) was also below average. Conversations with fishermen on the grounds suggested that most of the Chinook salmon harvested were non-large (< 28-inch length) fish. Few fish larger than 16 pounds were reported. Current cumulative Chinook salmon catches in the Taku River stock assessment drift gillnet project has so far aligned with recent seasons where escapement was near 8,000 large fish which is above the 2022 forecasted escapement of 6,600 large fish but well below the bottom end of the escapement goal range of 19,000 to 36,000 large fish.

Sockeye salmon harvested in District 11 this week were of good size and appeared to have been larger that the small fish harvested in the previous 2 years, which will hopefully continue in weeks to come. Sockeye salmon catches at the Canyon Island fish wheels near the U.S./Canada border have been good to date and CPUE has been above the recent 10-year average. It will likely be another couple weeks before there is enough mark-recapture data to calculate a Taku River sockeye salmon run size estimate. Catch rates in the District 11 drift gillnet fishery next week will be more informative with the southern portion of Taku Inlet open for harvesting.

Although it was a slight uptick from the dismal harvest seen last season, the chum salmon weekly harvest in District 11 was still very low with a harvest estimate of 1,500 fish and a CPUE of 31 fish. Harvest was higher in the District 15 drift gillnet opening, so perhaps more fish will arrive in District 11 next week. Chum salmon appeared to be slightly larger that what was seen last season with an average size of about 9 pounds. Douglas Island Pink and Chum (DIPAC) chum salmon forecasts are up near double from last year with an estimated harvest of 400,000 fish in common property fisheries returning to Gastineau Channel and Limestone Inlet release sites.

The District 11 drift gillnet fishery will have another 48-hour opening next week with the north line relaxed up to Cooper Point but the six-inch maximum mesh size restriction and night closures will still be in place to conserve the latter portion of the Taku River Chinook salmon run.

 

The 2022 SEAK Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan can be found on the Southeast Management Plans webpage.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Lynn Canal/District 15

Last updated: Friday, June 24

The commercial drift gillnet fishery in Lynn Canal/District 15 opened for 2 days on Sunday, June 19. Fishing time and area was limited, there were night closures, and a 6-inch maximum mesh size restriction was implemented districtwide as conservation measures for Chilkat River Chinook salmon, a stock of management concern. Section 15-A was open south of Eldred Rock Lighthouse and east of a line from Eldred Rock Lighthouse to a point 2.0 nmi from the eastern shoreline. In Section 15-C, open waters included the Postage Stamp and the Boat Harbor Terminal Harvest Area. Outside waters of the Boat Harbor THA was limited to 1.0 nmi off the western shoreline. Inside waters of the Boat Harbor THA opened concurrently with the remainder of District 15 and will remain open with no restrictions until further notice.

Fishing effort was slightly above the 10-year average with 81 boats participating the first week of the season. Most of the effort was concentrated in the Postage Stamp due to poor chum salmon harvest rates in the THA this week. Approximately 95 Chinook, 1,500 sockeye, 10 coho, and 10,600 chum salmon were harvested. No pink salmon were harvested. Chinook, and coho harvest was near the recent 10-year average, sockeye salmon harvest was above average, and the chum salmon harvest was below average for this statistical week.

The Haines escapement monitoring programs are fully in place and operational. At this time, Chinook and sockeye salmon catches in the Chilkat River fish wheels and Chilkoot River sockeye salmon weir counts are lagging and below average thus far, although continued high river levels from snow and glacier melt have compromised catch efficiency and fish movement the past couple weeks.

Next week (statistical week 27), commercial fishing in District 15 will open for two days with the same open areas and restrictions imposed last week.

 

 

 

The 2022 SEAK Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan can be found on the Southeast Management Plans webpage.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Yakutat Area Set Gillnet Fishery

Last updated: Friday, June 24

The Alsek River set gillnet fishery opened on June 19, for 72-hours. A total of 3 permits harvested 20 Chinook and 790 sockeye salmon. Fleet participation was below average, and Chinook and sockeye salmon harvests were below average for this statistical week. The Yakutat Bay fishery opened on June 19 and was open for 2.5 days. A total of 8 permits harvested 14 Chinook, 603 sockeye and 3 chum salmon. Fleet participation was comparable to recent years and harvest was near average for this statistical week. The Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet was opened on June 19 and was open for 2.5 days. A total of 20 permits harvested 4,393 sockeye salmon. Fleet participation was average, and sockeye salmon harvest was below average. The Manby Shore Ocean fishery was also opened on June 19 and was open for 2.5 days. A total of 4 permits harvested 48 Chinook salmon and 1,730 sockeye salmon. Fleet participation was comparable to recent years and harvest was near average for this statistical week.

Escapement monitoring at the Situk River weir for sockeye and Chinook salmon started on June 1. To date, there has been 10,871 sockeye salmon and 48 Large Chinook salmon enumerated at the weir.

The remainder of the Yakutat District and Manby inside waters will open on Sunday, June 26. Fishing times may be adjusted based on escapement through the weir for statistical week 27. The East Alsek, Akwe, and the Italio River systems will open by emergency order when adequate levels of escapement can be documented.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Terminal Harvest Area (THA) Fisheries

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

Terminal Harvest Area (THA) drift gillnet fisheries occur in Nakat Inlet, Carroll Inlet, Neets Bay, Anita Bay, SE Cove, Deep Inlet, and Boat Harbor. THA seine fisheries occur in Neets Bay, Carroll Inlet, Kendrick Bay, Anita Bay, Thomas Bay, SE Cove, Hidden Falls, Crawfish Inlet, and Deep Inlet.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Nakat Inlet THA

Last updated: Friday, May 20

The forecasted return for Nakat Inlet is 248,000 summer chum salmon and 50,000 fall chum salmon. Nakat Inlet will remain closed to harvest of salmon through 12:01 a.m., Thursday, September 1, to allow for Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) cost recovery operations.

 

For further information please refer to the 2022 Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan (PDF 3,507 kB) and for updates on Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) contributions visit the SSRAA website.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Neets Bay THA

Last updated: Friday, June 24

The Neets Bay forecasted return is 440,000 summer chum salmon, 51,000 fall chum salmon, 6,600 Chinook salmon, and 127,300 coho salmon. Neets Bay opens to the harvest of salmon by troll gear on Wednesday, June 15, and by rotational fishery between drift gillnet and purse seine on Friday, June 17. Neets Bay will close to the harvest of salmon by all gear groups at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, to allow for Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) cost recovery operations. The current harvest is 1,000 Chinook salmon and 100 chum salmon by purse seine and 2,000 Chinook salmon and 300 chum salmon by drift gillnet gear.

 

For further information please refer to the ADF&G advisory announcement for Neets Bay and for updates on SSRAA contributions visit the SSRAA website.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Kendrick Bay THA

Last updated: Friday, May 20

The forecasted return for Kendrick Bay is 732,000 summer chum salmon. Kendrick Bay will remain closed to harvest of salmon through 12:01 a.m., Thursday, September 1, to allow for Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) cost recovery operations.

 

For further information please refer to the 2021 Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Fishery Management Plan (PDF 1,379 kB)  and for updates on SSRAA contributions visit the SSRAA website.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Caroll Inlet THA

Last updated: Friday, June 24

The forecasted return for Carroll Inlet is 6,000 Chinook salmon. The Carroll Inlet THA opens to the harvest of salmon by all gear groups on Wednesday, June 1, and closes to purse seine and drift gillnet on Sunday, June 12. The rotational fishery between purse seine and drift gillnet begins on Wednesday, June 15. The Carroll Inlet THA will close to all gear groups on Thursday, June 30. Current harvest is 1,100 Chinook salmon by purse seine and 500 Chinook salmon by drift gillnet gear.

 

For further information please refer to the ADF&G advisory announcement for Carroll Inlet and for updates on SSRAA contributions visit the SSRAA website.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Anita Bay THA

Last updated: Friday, June 24

For 2022, Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) is forecasting total runs of 9,900 Chinook, 291,000 summer chum, and 11,800 coho salmon from releases at Anita Bay. A total of 6,900 Chinook, 113,500 summer chum, and 5,200 coho salmon are expected to be available for harvest in the THA. The total harvest to date is 1,300 Chinook and 20 chum salmon. A rotational fishery began for drift gillnet and purse seine fleets on June 13. Additionally, Anita Bay will be closed to commercial salmon fishing from 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, through 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, August 31, to facilitate cost recovery efforts. If cost recovery efforts cease prior to September 1, the THA will be open to rotational harvest beginning with purse seine, through Wednesday, August 31.

 

 

For further information and updates on Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) contributions and updates visit the SSRAA website.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Deep Inlet THA

Last updated: Friday, June 24

The Deep Inlet THA opened on Wednesday, June 1.  Seine openings occur on Sunday, Thursday, and Friday, while drift gillnet openings are on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Forecasted runs for Deep Inlet THA and Medvejie Hatchery includes 1,814,000 chum salmon, 20,000 king salmon, and 97,000 coho salmon. This season, 122,500 chum salmon are needed for broodstock. The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) does not anticipate cost recovery operations this season in the Deep Inlet THA.

Gillnet and seine harvests through Statistical Week 26 is confidential.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Hidden Falls THA

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

The Hidden Falls Hatchery expects a run of 304,000 chum salmon. The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) needs 150,000 chum salmon for broodstock and 50,000 chum salmon for cost recovery, leaving 104,000 chum salmon available for common property harvests. NSRAA does not intend to use a tax assessment on the common property harvest of chum salmon to satisfy cost recovery needs as provided under AS 16.10.455.

There are no scheduled common property purse seine openings at Hidden Falls for 2022. Due to a low projected run of chum salmon, Hidden Falls will be managed for broodstock. NSRAA will assess the run through a weekly test fishery to determine run strength. In the event that surplus chum salmon are available, common property openings may be announced. Purse seiners are advised that openings at Hidden Falls during the 2022 season may be announced with a minimum 24-hour notice if necessary, in order to maximize fish quality.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Crawfish Inlet THA

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

A run of 1,145,000 chum salmon is forecasted to return to the Crawfish Inlet remote release site in 2022. No chum salmon are needed for broodstock. The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) is planning to conduct a cost recovery of 740,000 chum this season in Crawfish Inlet. Following the conclusion of cost recovery operations in Crawfish Inlet, purse seine openings will be scheduled for Sundays and Thursdays. Seine openings may occur inside the boundaries of the special harvest area (SHA). Purse seiners are advised that openings at Crawfish Inlet during the 2022 season may be announced with a minimum 24-hour notice if necessary, in order to maximize fish quality.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Thomas Bay THA

Last updated: Friday, June 24

The Northern Southeast Alaska Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) is forecasting a total run of 68,000 chum salmon to Thomas Bay THA. This year’s run will be the fourth for this project and will be comprised of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old fish. A portion of the run may be harvested in common property fisheries in Chatham Strait and Frederick Sound.

The purse seine fishery will be open from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday and Thursday each week from Sunday, June 19, through Thursday August 4. The troll fishery will be open during those periods the purse seine fishery is closed, from 12:01 a.m., Sunday, June 19, through 11:59 p.m., Saturday, August 6.

Chinook salmon retention is permitted in the troll fishery only during general summer troll Chinook salmon retention periods established under 5 AAC 29.100; trollers may retain and sell only those Chinook salmon that are 28 inches or greater in length. Chinook salmon harvested in the purse seine fishery 28 inches or greater in length may NOT be retained and Chinook salmon less than 28 inches may be retained but not sold.

There has been no seine harvest reported in Thomas Bay through June 24.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Southeast Cove THA

Last updated: Friday, June 24

The Northern Southeast Alaska Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) is forecasting a total run of 174,000 summer chum salmon to the Southeast Cove THA. A portion of the run may be harvested in common property fisheries in Chatham Strait.

The purse seine fishery will be open from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday and Thursday each week from Sunday, June 19, through Sunday, July 31. The drift gillnet fishery will be open from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday each week from Tuesday, June 21, through Wednesday, July 27. The troll fishery will be open from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Monday, Friday, and Saturday each week from 12:01 a.m., Monday, June 20, through 11:59 p.m., Monday August 1.

There has been no reported seine harvest in Southeast Cove through June 24.

There are currently no plans for cost recovery in the Southeast Cove THA. The THA will close to all fisheries on Monday August 1. However, if significant numbers of fish remain, additional common property opportunity may be provided via emergency order (EO), or a cost recovery fishery may be implemented dependent on the presence of wild salmon stocks in the area. If closures or additional openings are warranted, they will be announced by advisory announcement.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Central Region

Bristol Bay

The commercial salmon season in Bristol Bay opens June 1 by regulation. Fishing in eastside districts and the Togiak District will be allowed using a weekly schedule that varies by section. The schedules are in place to balance fishing opportunity with escapement in the early part of the season, particularly for king salmon. As each run develops and sockeye salmon run characteristics become defined within individual districts, fishing time will be adjusted accordingly. In the Nushagak District, management will focus on king salmon in the early part of the season, and switch to sockeye salmon management as abundance dictates.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Bristol Bay Management Area

Togiak District

Last updated: Friday, June 24

Commercial fishing is still slow in the Togiak District with minimal effort. It should increase next week. The Togiak Tower camp is expected to deploy July 3.

Nushagak District

Last updated: Friday, June 24

Commercial fishing started in the Nushagak District yesterday (June 23). The first opening resulted in 832,000 fish harvested. The fishery will be open daily from here on. Escapements are looking good for sockeye salmon and king salmon.

Naknek-Kvichak District

Last updated: Friday, June 24

On June 23, Naknek River escapement was 48,000 fish for a cumulative of 75,000 fish. Kvichak River escapement was 1,200 fish. Indices from the Kvichak inriver test fishery indicate that a volume of fish have moved into the lower Kvichak River this morning. The Naknek-Kvichak District harvest from June 23 was 78,000 fish. There are 117 vessels registered to fish in the district. 

The current fishing period for drift gillnet gear in the Naknek-Kvichak District will be extended for 10.5 hours from 6:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, June 25. The Naknek-Kvichak District will open to drift gillnet gear for a 9-hour period from 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 25 until 8:00 a.m. Sunday, June 26. The current set gillnet period in the Naknek-Kvichak District will be extended for 25.5 hours from 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25 until 8:00 a.m. Sunday, June 26.

 

Egegik District

Last updated: Friday, June 24

Approximately 50,000 fish passed through the Egegik Tower on June 23, bringing the season cumulative to 145,000 fish. Information from the inriver test fishery and counting tower this morning, suggest that passage rates have slowed. Egegik District harvest from June 23 was 424,000 fish, for a season total of 1.3 million fish.

The Egegik District will open to commercial fishing with set gillnet gear for 8 hours from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Commercial fishing with drift gillnet gear will open for 6 hours from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 25.

 

Ugashik District

Last updated: Friday, June 24

The Ugashik inriver test fishery began operations on June 23 and early data indicates a small amount of fish are moving into the river. The counting tower crew is mobilizing, and operations should begin over the next few days. There are currently 25 vessels registered to fish in the district. Through June 23, total harvest in the Ugashik District is 43,000 fish.

Ugashik District will open to commercial fishing with both set and drift gillnets for 12 hours from 6:45 a.m. until 6:45 p.m. Saturday, June 25.

 


Copper River and PWS Drift Gillnet

Last updated: Friday, June 24

The Copper River District opened to commercial fishing for a 24-hour fishing period on June 20 and a 36-hour fishing period on June 23. These were the 9th and 10th fishing periods of the 2022 season. The Miles Lake field camp was deployed on Saturday, May 7. The cumulative sonar count through June 23 is 541,502 fish whereas 407,321 fish are projected by this date. The 0600 count for June 24 is 3,454 fish. Both south and north bank sonars are currently deployed. The north bank sonar was first deployed at 1300 on May 17 and the south bank sonar was first deployed at 1030 on May 25; 24-hour data collection is anticipated from this point forward. Based on improving Chinook and sockeye salmon inseason abundance indices, Copper River fisheries are being progressively liberalized. Waters inside of the barrier islands from Steamboat through the eastern end of the district were open for the first time this season during the Thursday, June 23 fishing period.

The 2022 commercial harvest forecast for the Copper River District are 716,000 sockeye and 211,000 coho salmon. The Chinook salmon harvest (all fisheries) is projected to be below the 10-year (2012-2021) average of 12,577 fish. The 2022 sockeye salmon harvest forecast is 38% below the 10-year (2012-2021) average of 1.09 million fish. The cumulative Copper River District harvest to-date is 377,000 sockeye and 10,800 Chinook salmon. The cumulative anticipated Copper River District sockeye salmon harvest to-date is 469,000 fish.

The 2022 Coghill Lake sockeye salmon total run forecast is 414,000 fish with a sustainable escapement goal (SEG) range of 20,000–60,000 fish. The Coghill River weir was fish tight as of June 9. Through June 16, 581 sockeye salmon have passed Coghill weir vs. an anticipated cumulative estimate of 292-876 fish for the same date. The chum salmon run to Wally Noerenberg Hatchery (WNH) is forecast to be 2.48 million fish. The 2022 sockeye salmon run to Main Bay Hatchery (MBH) is forecast to be 841,000 fish. Eshamy River escapement will be assessed in 2022, but no forecast was produced this year due to lack of regular assessment in recent years.

The Eshamy and Coghill districts opened to commercial salmon fishing for the season on May 30. The Eshamy District fishing schedule is currently two 36-hr fishing periods per week and the Coghill District fishing schedule is currently a 60-hr followed by an 84-hr period. 

The cumulative Coghill District harvest to-date is 29,700 sockeye and 383,000 chum salmon. The cumulative Eshamy District harvest to-date is 199,400 sockeye and 66,600 chum salmon.

Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation (PWSAC) has begun cost recovery fishing at both WNH and MBH.  PWSAC is 39% complete at WNH and 100% complete at MBH.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Prince William Sound and Copper River Management Area.


Prince William Sound Purse Seine

Last updated: Friday, June 24

The Prince William Sound (PWS) purse seine fishery is currently open for 3 periods per week to target enhanced chum salmon returning to the Armin F. Koernig (AFK) Hatchery special harvest area (SHA) and terminal harvest area (THA) and the Port Chalmers Subdistrict. To minimize the harvest of salmon bound for other areas, areas and time have been adjusted at AFK and Port Chalmers. Currently, the fishing schedule at AFK is a 24-hour period on Monday, a 36-hour period on Wednesday, and a 24-hour period on Saturday; during the 36-hour period, only the SHA is open. Port Chalmers is being managed under the same time schedule and area available to commercial fishing and has been reduced to focus fishing effort on salmon returning to that specific area. Harvest from the period ending on June 23 at AFK Hatchery was 12,700 chum salmon and 2,300 sockeye salmon; the cumulative harvest to-date is 69,200 chum salmon and 15,200 sockeye salmon. Sockeye salmon harvest to date is similar to the most recent 10-year average of 15,800 fish. Harvest at Port Chalmers for the period ending on June 23 was 80,400 chum salmon, the cumulative harvest to-date of chum salmon is 303,000 fish. The department expects pink salmon to start showing up in the commercial harvest next week and Valdez Fisheries Development Association (VFDA) anticipates conducting cost recovery test sets beginning this weekend.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Prince William Sound and Copper River Management Area.


Upper Cook Inlet

Last updated: Friday, June 24

There are 4 commercial fisheries currently underway in Upper Cook Inlet:

  1. Big River Fishery: Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 12 hour periods
  2. Western Subdistrict- Monday and Thursday starting June 16
  3. Drift gillnet fishery: Monday and Thursday starting June 20
  4. Upper Subdistrict Set Gillnet fishery (ESSN): Monday and Thursday–  EO only
    1. Only the Kasilof Section is open at this time (Kenai Section will open on July 8)

 

The remaining season opening dates in 2022 for the various fisheries around the inlet are as follows:

  • Drift gillnet fishery: June 20
  • All remaining set gillnet fisheries, except the ESSN fishery: June 27
  • East Side Set Net (ESSN) fishery
    • June 25 for the Kasilof Section (that portion south of the Blanchard Line). However, the fishery shall open any day on or after June 20 if 30,000 sockeye salmon are estimated to be in the Kasilof River.
    • The North Kalifornsky Beach (NKB) statistical area 244-32 may open from July 1 when the Kasilof Section is open to commercial fishing, and is restricted to within 600 feet of shore with nets 29 meshes or less in depth and with mesh less than 4 ¾ inches.
    • The Kenai and East Forelands sections (that portion of the Upper Subdistrict north of the Blanchard Line) will open on Friday, July 8. By regulation, the ESSN fishery closes on Monday, August 15.

The Kasilof River sonar began operations on June 15. The sockeye salmon passage estimate in the Kasilof River for Wednesday, June 22 was 8,397 fish for a season total of 36,291. Total Kasilof River escapement falls above the previous 10-year average of 42,752 fish passage through June 16. The Kenai River sonar is expected to begin operation on July 1.

Participation in both the Northern District Directed king salmon fishery and Big River fishery is average, while participation in drift fishery is below average.

On Thursday, June 16, Emergency Order 2-KS-2-32-22 was released closing king salmon sport fisheries in Deshka River. The king salmon sport fish closures are effective 6:00 a.m., Monday, June 20 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2022. The Northern District King Salmon Management Plan states that when the Deshka River Chinook salmon sport fishery is closed, the commercial Chinook salmon set gillnet fishery shall be closed by emergency order. The sustainable escapement goal (SEG) for king salmon in the Deshka River is 9,000 to 18,000 fish, as measured at the weir located at river mile seven.  Based upon average run timing and the cumulative king salmon passage estimate of 1,096 fish at the Deshka River weir through June 15, the current final escapement projection falls well below the SEG range.  Therefore, in order to conserve king salmon migrating to streams throughout Northern Cook Inlet, the regularly scheduled commercial fishing period for set gillnets in the Northern District of Upper Cook Inlet will be closed on Monday, June 20, 2022.

On Wednesday June 21, Emergency Order 2S-04-22 was released and opened commercial salmon fishing with set gillnets in the Kasilof Section of the Upper Subdistrict. The cumulative sockeye salmon sonar passage estimate in the Kasilof River exceeded 27,000 fish and the inriver estimate has exceeded 30,000 fish. This fishing period is consistent with opportunity provided in 5 AAC 21.310 Fishing Seasons regulation.

Estimated king salmon harvest from the 3 Northern District king salmon commercial fishery openers is approximately 1,163 fish. The king salmon harvest from the 6-hour openers have been below the 10-year average harvest of 1,372 king salmon after the 3 openers. The estimated sockeye salmon harvest was approximately 1,270 fish, well below the average sockeye salmon harvest. The remaining directed king salmon fishery on June 20 was closed for king salmon conservation.

Total harvest from the Big River sockeye salmon commercial fishery is about average for king and sockeye salmon harvest. A total of approximately 348 king salmon and 9,652 sockeye salmon were harvested since the first fishing period on June 1. The 10-year average total harvest through June 16 is approximately 360 king salmon and 9,375 sockeye salmon while the 5-year average harvest is approximately 300 king salmon and 7,980 sockeye salmon.

The Western Subdistrict set gillnet fishery was open June 16, June 20, and June 23. Total harvest for the season, excluding June 23 was 7 king salmon and 1,135 sockeye salmon. Harvest from the June 23 opener was unavailable at the time of this report.

 

Please see the 2022 Upper Cook Inlet Salmon Fishing Outlook (PDF 589 kB) for more information on fishing strategies.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Upper Cook Inlet Management Area.


Lower Cook Inlet

Last updated: Friday, June 24

Cost recovery of returning Trail Lakes Hatchery sockeye salmon from the Bear Lake release site began on May 24. Commercial set gillnet harvest began in the Southern District of Lower Cook Inlet on Thursday, June 2 with commercial purse seine openings for common property harvest in Kamishak Bay having begun on June 1. Set gillnet fishing in the Southern District is on a schedule of two 48-hour periods per week beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Purse seine fishing periods in the specific areas of the Southern District began on Monday, June 13 on a schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 16-hour fishing periods starting at 6:00 a.m. on those days.

Cumulative harvest to date from the set gillnet fishery in the Southern District was 6,402 sockeye, 120 Chinook, and 496 chum salmon. Cumulative harvest last year from the first 2 periods was 4,179 sockeye, 151 Chinook, and 259 chum salmon. The previous 5-year harvest average from these periods combined was 4,314 sockeye, 174 Chinook, and 284 chum salmon.

There has been no reported commercial common property purse seine harvest from the Kamishak District. Seine harvest from the Southern District is confidential due to fewer than three permit holders reporting deliveries.

The weir at Bear Creek in Resurrection Bay has been in operation for several weeks. Through June 22, a total of 10,168 sockeye salmon have been counted. This is above the anticipated range for this date (3,922 – 9,699 fish) to achieve passage into the lake that meet both brood and wild stock escapement objectives. The English Bay River weir has passed 3,969 sockeye salmon as of June 22, this is above the anticipated range of 1,585- 3,567 fish for this date to achieve a final escapement on July 31 that is within the 6,000-13,500 sustainable escapement goal (SEG) range.

Through June 15, Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) has harvested 66,235 sockeye salmon for cost recovery from both cost recovery seiners fishing in Resurrection Bay as well as at the Bear Lake weir. Over the last 10 years approximately 86% of the final cost recovery harvest had been landed by this date on average. CIAA's preseason estimate was for a total return of 78,100 sockeye salmon back to Resurrection Bay release sites in 2022, with 58,800 of those harvested for cost recovery. Saltwater cost recovery ended on June 19 with Resurrection Bay commercial common property seine harvest opening on Wednesday, June 22.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Lower Cook Inlet Management Area.


Westward Region

Kodiak

Last updated: Friday, June 24

The 3rd Kodiak commercial salmon fishing period in the Alitak District, the Outer Karluk Section of the Southwest Kodiak District, and Central and North Cape Sections of the Northwest Kodiak District opened on June 21 and was extended until June 25.

The 3rd commercial salmon fishing period in the Outer Ayakulik section was for 57 hours and closed on June 24.

The 2nd general fishing period in the Northwest Afognak, Pauls Bay, Perenosa Bay, and Eastside District was for 33 hours beginning on June 21.

The Inner Kitoi Bay, Outer Kitoi Bay, Duck Bay, and Izhut Bay sections of the Afognak District will close on June 24.

The Foul Bay Special Harvest Area and the Waterfall Bay Special Harvest Area opened to commercial fishing on June 9, and will remain open until further notice.

In the Southwest Kodiak District, the cumulative Karluk River early-run sockeye salmon escapement through June 23 is 155,497 fish, which is within the desired escapement range for this date. The cumulative Ayakulik River early-run sockeye salmon escapement through June 23 is 108,803 fish, which is within the desired escapement range for this date.

In the Alitak District, the cumulative Upper Station early-run sockeye salmon escapement through June 23 is 64,215 fish, which is within the desired escapement range for this date. The cumulative Frazer sockeye salmon escapement through June 23 is 32,512 fish, which is within the desired escapement range for this date.

In the Afognak District the cumulative Afognak Lake (Litnik) sockeye salmon escapement through June 23 is 8,034 fish, which is below the desired escapement range for this date.

In the Northeast Kodiak District, the cumulative Buskin Lake sockeye salmon escapement through June 23 is only 2,771 fish which is below the desired escapement range for this date.

In the Eastside Kodiak District, the cumulative Saltery Lake sockeye salmon escapement through June 23 is 290 fish which is close to the desired escapement range for this date.

In the Eastside Kodiak District, the cumulative Pasagshak Lake sockeye salmon escapement through June 23 is 94 fish which is close to the desired escapement range for this date.

There is currently little or no early information on sockeye salmon runs at Kaflia, Swikshak, Miam, Uganik, Little River, Malina, Long Lagoon, Thorsheim, Perenosa Bay, Pauls Bay, Akalura, Horse Marine, and other minor sockeye salmon systems.

So far this season 74 purse seine permits, and 84 set gillnet permits have made landings. It is anticipated that approximately 190 purse seine and 165 set gillnet permits will participate by the end of the season.  

As of June 23, approximately 330,00 sockeye salmon have been harvested in the Kodiak Area, which is average. As of June 23, approximately 70,000 chum salmon have been harvested in the Kodiak Area, which is average.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Kodiak Management Area.


North Peninsula

Last updated: Friday, June 24

Commercial fisheries are open in some locations on the North Peninsula. Harvest has been reported in the Nelson Lagoon Section with about 20 permits fishing the weekly fishing period. The harvest was on average 2,700 sockeye salmon per day for the first 2 days of the fishing period. Chinook salmon harvests appear to be much lower than usual in Nelson Lagoon with 22 fish per day being caught which is lower than average.

The Ilnik River Section opened on June 20 and about 40 permits fishing per day during this weekly fishing period. The harvest was on average 43,000 sockeye salmon per day for the first 3 days of the fishing period. 

The Nelson, Bear, Sandy, and Ilnik River weirs are all installed and operational. At the Nelson River 87 sockeye salmon have been enumerated which is behind for the date. Sandy River weir counts are up to 1,468 sockeye salmon and should increase over the coming week. Bear River weir counts are up to 28,950 fish on June 23, meeting the interim escapement objective. At the Ilnik River weir, approximately 39,808 sockeye salmon have been counted which is above the 10-year average escapement for this date and well ahead of 5-day interim escapement objectives. During the next week all daily counts are expected to increase substantially. 

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Alaska Peninsula Management Area webpage.


South Peninsula

Last updated: Friday, June 24

The 4th commercial fishing period began on June 20 at 6:00 a.m. and will close June 23 at 10 p.m. The Shumagin Islands Section of the Southeastern District was reduced to 40 hours from 6:00 a.m. June 20 to 10:00 p.m. June 21 for seine gear due to low returns of Chignik River early-run sockeye salmon, which was designated a stock of concern at a March 2022 board of fisheries meeting.

Two short aerial surveys have been flown so far this year; there are small numbers of pink salmon showing in some streams and sockeye salmon showing in the Northwestern District. The Orzinski River weir was installed on June 17 and 27 sockeye salmon have passed through the weir so far this season. The first escapement goal for Orzinski is on July 1 for 1,500 sockeye salmon.

Participation in the fishery is currently average. The commercial salmon purse seine fleet has been standing down to avoid harvesting chum salmon in the South Unimak June fishery and the seine fleet has been restricted to 40-hour openings in the Shumagin Islands Section of the Southeastern District due to low returns of early-run sockeye salmon in Chignik. There is one management plan in the South Alaska Peninsula Management Area that has allocative ties to another area. The Southeastern District Mainland Salmon Management Plan (5 AAC 09.360) is based off the Chignik Management Area (Area L) harvest. No commercial salmon fishing has occurred in Chignik at this time.

Sockeye salmon harvest is well above the recent 10- and 5-year averages, with 3,547,344 fish harvested through June 24. The 10-year average sockeye salmon harvest to date is 1,115,730 fish and the 5-year average is 1,260,087 fish. Pink salmon harvest of 994,902 fish is below the recent 10-year average of 1,521,072 fish and the most recent 5-year average of 2,597,117 fish. The to date chum salmon harvest of 352,244 fish is below with the 10-year average of 368,630 fish and below the 5-year average of 482,418 fish. Chinook and coho salmon catches are relatively low, which is normal for this time of year.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Alaska Peninsula Management Area webpage.


Chignik

Last updated: Friday, June 17

No commercial salmon fishing will occur in the waters of the Chignik Management Area until sockeye salmon escapement goals are met. Escapement estimates are well below average with a total count of 20,590 sockeye salmon. No aerial surveys have been flown yet, which is normal for this time of year. There is one salmon enumeration project operated in the Chignik Area, the Chignik Weir. The Chignik Weir is enumerating sockeye salmon and the run to this point appears to be weak. There are no anticipated commercial salmon fishing periods at this time. There is no new information about the level of participation for the commercial salmon fishing fleet for the Chignik Management Area. 

 

For Advisory Announcements detailing the specific information related to the fishery visit the Advisory Announcements webpage.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Chignik Management Area webpage.


Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim (AYK) Region

Yukon River

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

Commercial fishing opportunity is not expected for the Yukon River Area in 2022. The drainagewide summer chum salmon outlook is for a run size of 333,000 fish, with a range of 162,000 to 542,000 fish. The run is likely to be below the drainagewide escapement goal of 500,000 to 1,200,000 fish.

Fall chum salmon projection will be revised in early July based on summer chum salmon run size. The outlook for fall chum salmon is a range of 78,000 to 148,000 fish, which is below the drainagewide escapement goal of 300,000 to 600,000 fish. Chinook and coho salmon run outlooks are also poor and below average.

The full 2022 outlook flier can be found here: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/1368784388.pdf

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Yukon Management Area.


Kuskokwim River

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

There are currently no registered commercial fishery buyers for the 2022 season in the Kuskokwim Management Area. The 2022 Kuskokwim River Chinook salmon forecast is for a range of 99,000–161,000 fish. The drainage-wide Chinook salmon escapement goal is 65,000–120,000 fish. If the run comes back as projected, the drainage-wide escapement goal is expected to be achieved and a full subsistence harvest may be realized. Average to above average runs of sockeye salmon and coho salmon, and below average chum salmon are expected in 2022. Escapement information will not be available until projects begin operation in mid-June. The standard suite of weirs, sonar, test fisheries, and aerial surveys will operate in the 2022 season.

Subsistence fishing closures for Chinook salmon will go into effect on June 1, 2022 in the lower Kuskokwim River and proceed upstream through the subsistence fishing sections until June 11, 2022.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Kuskokwim Management Area.


Norton Sound

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

Commercial fishing is expected to begin the first week of July with directed pink salmon gillnet openings. The pink salmon run is expected to be average for an even-numbered year, but below the last 3 even-numbered year record runs. Few to no chum salmon fishing openings are anticipated based on the expected low chum salmon run. The coho salmon run should be much improved over last year’s very poor run when fishing was restricted to one 24-hour fishing period per week. If the coho salmon run comes in as expected the department expects to use the normal weekly schedule of two 48-hour fishing periods a week in August.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Norton Sound & Kotzebue Management Area.


Kotzebue

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

Commercial fishing in the Kotzebue area starts on July 10. The department expects a run like last year when just under 100,000 chum salmon were harvested. The commercial fishing schedule is expected to be greatly reduced again in hours and days fished.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Norton Sound & Kotzebue Management Area.