The humpback whitefish is known to be an important subsistence fish species for coastal and riverine communities located within drainages of the Colville River, Kuskokwim River, Yukon River, and Kvichak River. The Chatanika River has supported a prolific and popular recreational spear fishery targeting humpback whitefish since the 1970s. There is a directed fishery for humpback whitefish and least cisco in the Chatanika River which occurs from late September through late October. As the fishery is managed by emergency order, an ADF&G permit is required, allowable gear is limited to spears only. Annual household limit is 10 whitefish (any species), with no size limits.