Emergency Orders and News Releases
Sport Fishing

Region 1-Southeast News Release

(Released: April 22, 2019 - Expires: December 31, 2019)

Division of Sport Fish
Dave Rutz, Director
Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518


Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Doug Vincent-Lang, Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526
www.adfg.alaska.gov


Contact: Matt Catterson, Yakutat Area Management Biologist
(907) 784-3222

Situk River Closed To Sport Fishing For King Salmon

Yakutat - Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, sport fishing for king salmon in the Situk River is closed. King salmon may not be targeted, retained, or possessed; king salmon caught while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

The Situk River drainage is managed for a biological escapement goal (BEG) of 450-1,050 large king salmon. In years 2010 through 2012, and again in 2015, 2016, and 2018, the Situk River king salmon stock failed to achieve the BEG. In 2013, 2014, and 2017, the goal was achieved after restrictive management measures were implemented in the sport, commercial, and subsistence fisheries. The 2019 preseason forecast has estimated a total run of approximately 300 large king salmon. Given recent small escapements and harvest trends, the BEG is not expected to be achieved without preseason king salmon fishery restrictions. A conservative management approach warrants closing the Situk River to sport fishing for king salmon.

For further information anglers should the call the Yakutat Sport Fish Office at (907) 784-3222.

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