Division of Sport Fish
Israel Payton, 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: June 28, 2023 - Expires: December 31, 2023)

CONTACT: Lee Borden
Area Management Biologist
(907) 842-2427

Nushagak-Mulchatna Drainage Sockeye Salmon Limits Increased

(Dillingham) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is increasing the bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon to 10 fish in all waters of the Nushagak-Mulchatna River drainage, excluding the Wood River drainage, effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 30 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 31, 2023. The bag and possession limit for other salmon, except king and sockeye salmon, remains at five fish. These limits are in combination (chum, pink, coho salmon combined to total a bag limit of five fish) with the more liberal limits for sockeye salmon.

The escapement of sockeye salmon in the Nushagak River is expected to exceed the escapement goal of 370,000 - 900,000 fish. Therefore, it is warranted to increase the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon in the Nushagak-Mulchatna River sport fishery.

“This year’s sockeye run is anticipated to exceed the upper end of the escapement goal,” stated Area Management Biologist Lee Borden. “With a surplus of fish passing the sonar station at Portage Creek, we are increasing opportunity for harvest of sockeye salmon in the sport fishery.”

For additional information, please contact Area Management Biologist Lee Borden at
(907) 842-2427.