Region 2-Southcentral News Release
(Released: August 19, 2019 - Expires: September 30, 2019)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Sam Ivey, Area Management Biologist
(Palmer) - In an effort to increase the number of coho salmon passing through the Deshka River weir, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is closing the Deshka River to fishing for coho salmon, including all waters within a one-half mile radius of its confluence with the Susitna River effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, August 21 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 30, 2019. In addition, the use of bait is prohibited. Gear used for other species is restricted to unbaited, artificial lures, meaning treble hooks or two hooks may be used.
“Extremely low water levels coupled with high stream temperatures has stalled upstream migration of coho salmon,” stated Palmer Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey. “It can be difficult to assess run strength by weir under these conditions. Reports from guides and anglers and observations from staff also indicate below average numbers of fish holding in the mouth area and likely too low to achieve the escapement goal at this time. It is prudent to conserve the remaining coho salmon until environmental conditions change and the indications of run strength improve.”
The Deshka River coho salmon sustainable escapement goal (SEG) is 10,200 - 24,100 fish. To date, only 3,285 coho salmon have passed upstream of the weir.
For additional information, please contact Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey at (907) 746-6300.