The region could experience a “traffic jam” of chinook salmon in the coming month.
Kenai River subsistence rod-and-reel salmon fishing halted due to extremely low numbers.
The Deer Mountain Hatchery is the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association’s only hatchery dedicated solely to king salmon. (SSRAA)KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Nestled along the Ketchikan Creek next to City Park is a small building that produces more than 500,000 king salmon per year. Run by a two-person team, Deer Mountain Hatchery is the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association’s only hatchery…
King salmon has helped create a multibillion-dollar sport fishery in the Great Lakes, but ripple effects of invasive species have left the fish’s future uncertain.
In-season fish data suggest deficient king numbers could continue through 2018 or later.
I have been reading report after report of big kings being caught by anglers from Chicago all the way up to Milwaukee. Big kings, and in good numbers.
The river area affected by the switch is in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, from Aniak down to the mouth of the Kuskokwim.
Crews have caught about 43,000 king salmon this season after catching more than 45,000 in each of the past two years.
Last fall’s egg take was excellent, exceeding the goal of raising 400,000 salmon for stocking purposes.