(Released: July 24, 2017 - Expired: December 31, 2017)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Matt Catterson, Sitka Area Assistant Management Biologist
Sitka – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon on the Situk River will be increased to 6 per day, 12 in possession effective 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017.
The escapement goal range for sockeye salmon in the Situk River is 30,000 to 70,000 fish. As of July 19, 2017, over 61,000 sockeye salmon have been counted through the Situk River weir. Average run timing data for sockeye salmon into the Situk River indicates that 25% of the run is still to come, and the escapement goal will likely be exceeded. Increasing the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits will increase harvest opportunity for anglers, and will not jeopardize the achievement of the escapement goal.
Anyone needing further information concerning this announcement please contact the Division of Sport Fish in Sitka at (907) 747-5355.