Region 2-Southcentral News Release
(Released: July 16, 2018 - Expires: December 31, 2018)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Jason Dye, Area Management Biologist
(Dillingham) - With the recent increase of sockeye salmon passing the Portage Creek sonar, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is implementing the following sport fishing regulation liberalization by increasing the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon to ten fish in all waters of the Nushagak-Mulchatna River drainage, excluding the Wood River drainage, effective 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018. The bag and possession limit for other salmon, except king and sockeye salmon, remains at five fish. These limits are in combination with the more liberal limits for sockeye salmon.
“Nearly 970,000 sockeye salmon have been counted at the Portage Creek sonar,” stated Area Management Biologist Jason Dye. “The passage of sockeye salmon has exceeded the escapement goal for the Nushagak River drainage. Therefore, it is warranted to increase the bag and possession limit and allow sport anglers an opportunity to harvest the surplus sockeye salmon in the Nushagak-Mulchatna River sport fishery.”
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.