(Released: July 10, 2018 - Expired: August 09, 2018)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Tyler Polum, Area Management Biologist
(Kodiak) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is implementing the following sport fishing regulation closure for the Chignik River drainage effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 13, 2018. King salmon fishing is closed in the Chignik River drainage downstream to Mensis Point. This closure includes Chignik and Black lakes and their tributaries. King salmon incidentally caught, while fishing for other species, may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately. As an added measure to reduce the probability of hooking mortality, the use of bait is prohibited within the Chignik River drainage, and only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure may be used.
“Based on the current weir counts of 215 king salmon, we do not expect to achieve the escapement needs for the Chignik River drainage” stated Area Management Biologist Tyler Polum. “Therefore, it is not only necessary to close the king salmon sport fishery but is warranted to only allow one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure to reduce the probability of hooking morality.”
For additional information, please contact Area Management Biologist Tyler Polum at (907) 486-1880.