(Released: July 13, 2018 - Expired: December 31, 2018)

Division of Sport Fish
Tom Brookover, Director
Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Sam Cotten, Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Contact: Jason Dye, Area Management Biologist
(907) 842-2427

Sockeye Salmon Restrictions Removed in the Kvichak River/Lake Iliamna Drainage

(Dillingham) – With the recent increase of sockeye salmon passing through the counting tower near Igiugig, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is restoring the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon in the Kvichak River/Lake Iliamna drainage from two fish to five fish. In addition, the four areas previously closed to sport fishing for sockeye salmon are being reopened. These provisions are effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018.

“An earlier projection indicated the lower end of the escapement goal of 2 million fish for the Kvichak River drainage would not be achieved,” stated Area Management Biologist Jason Dye. “However, as of 6:00 a.m. July 13, 2018, an estimated 1,513,848 sockeye salmon have been counted at the counting tower near Igiugig. With this increase in sockeye salmon, the escapement of will likely exceed 2 million fish; therefore, the reduction of the bag and possession limit and closed areas in place for the sport fishery are no longer warranted.”

For additional information, please contact Dillingham Area Management Biologist Jason Dye at (907) 842-2427 or the Dillingham Sport Fish regulation recorder at (907) 842-7347.