Division of Sport Fish
Dave Rutz, Director

Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Doug Vincent-Lang, Commissioner

P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Advisory Announcement
(Released: September 06, 2022 - Expired: December 31, 2022)

CONTACT: Andrew Gryska
Area Management Biologist
(907) 459-7339

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.