Inseason Alaska Commercial Salmon Summary

This summary provides management, harvest, and escapement information for the Alaska commercial salmon fishing season. This summary will be updated each Friday between mid-May and September. Please note, inseason harvest data published in this summary are preliminary and subject to change. For more information on the Blue Sheet, inseason summaries, and harvest timing charts, please see our Blue Sheet, Inseason Summary, and Harvest Timing Charts Overview page.


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Southeast Alaska

Troll Fishery

Last Update: June 18th, 2021

A total of 10 spring troll areas targeting Alaska hatchery Chinook salmon have been opened to date in Mountain Point, Rock Point, Bucareli Bay, Port Saint Nicholas, Western Channel, Redoubt Bay, Goddard, West Crawfish Inlet, Sitka Sound and Salisbury Sound. Spring fishery openings have also occurred in Yakutat Bay; however, management of this fishery is not guided by Alaska hatchery contributions.

Chinook salmon troll fisheries opened on June 1 in the Carroll Inlet, Anita Bay, Port Armstrong, Hidden Falls, Crawfish Inlet, and Silver Bay terminal harvest areas (THA). The Neets Bay THA opened to troll gear on June 15. Alaska hatchery chum salmon fisheries have been opened in six spring troll and several terminal/special harvest areas. Effort reported in directed chum salmon fisheries to date is low and harvest information remains confidential.

A total of 234 troll permits have reported 12,095 Chinook salmon harvested from 1,191 landings through June 17 (Statistical Week 25). This is an increase in effort of 13 permits from 2020 and a decrease of 68 permits from the 5-year average, primarily due to the reduced number of open fishing areas. The 2021 cumulative spring Chinook salmon harvest is up from 2020 by 2,992 fish and down from the 5-year average by 378 fish. The current spring troll seasonal average weight for Chinook salmon of 11.4 lb is below the 2020 and 5-year averages of 11.7 and 12.2 lb for the same period. The seasonal Chinook salmon average price per pound of $10.36 is an increase from the 2020 and 5-year averages by $3.38 and $1.29, respectively. 

The 2021 general summer troll fishery will open on July 1. The 2021 Summer Troll Fishery Management Plan is available at ADF&G area offices or on the ADF&G website here.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

Purse Seine Fishery

Common property purse seine openings will begin in June and will be primarily directed at harvesting returns of enhanced chum salmon in Terminal Harvested Areas (THAs). The Carroll Inlet, Anita Bay and Deep Inlet THAs will be open on June 1 followed by Neets Bay and Kendrick Bay THAs on June 15. Thomas Bay, Southeast Cove, the Hidden Falls THAs and the Pt. Augusta Index fishery and Tenakee Inlet will open June 20.

The 2021 Southeast Alaska pink salmon harvest forecast is predicted to be average with a point estimate of 28 million fish. In southern Southeast, common property purse seine openings directed at harvesting pink salmon will begin July 4 in portions of Districts 1, 2, and 7 and District 4. In northern Southeast, directed pink salmon openings are not expected to occur until July and will be contingent on results from the Point Augusta Index fishery, the Hawk Inlet, Point Gardner, and Kingsmill test fisheries, and observations of pink salmon abundance. The Point Gardner and Hawk Inlet test fisheries will begin in late June.

Southeast Alaska Chinook salmon stocks are currently experiencing a cycle of very low abundance. In 2021, four of the five systems for which forecasts are developed are projecting runs below their escapement goal ranges. In an effort to meet escapement goals in Southeast Alaska systems, restrictions will be implemented in gillnet, seine, troll, sport, personal use, and subsistence fisheries.

For all purse seine fishing areas except Carroll Inlet, Neets Bay, Anita Bay, Hidden Falls, and Deep Inlet THAs, Chinook salmon 28 inches or greater in length may NOT be retained and Chinook salmon less than 28 inches may be retained but not sold. All Chinook salmon harvested in the Carroll Inlet, Neets Bay, Anita Bay, Hidden Falls, and Deep Inlet THAs may be retained and sold. All Chinook salmon harvested in the Deep Inlet THA must be retained and may be sold. These restrictions will be in place through at least July 31.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

Drift Gillnet Fishery

For further details concerning this fishery, please see the 2021 Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan (PDF 765 kB)

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

Tree Point/Section 1-B

The Tree Point drift gillnet fishery opens on Sunday, June 20.

For further details concerning this fishery, please see the 2021 Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan (PDF 765 kB) which is also available at area offices.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

Stikine and Prince of Wales/Districts 6 and 8

The 2021 preseason terminal run forecast for Stikine River large Chinook salmon is 9,900 fish. This forecast is well below the average of 19,200 fish and below the escapement goal range of 14,000–28,000 fish. This forecast does not allow for directed Chinook salmon fisheries in District 8. Recent trends of Stikine River Chinook salmon abundance and trends in Chinook salmon abundance throughout Southeast Alaska (SEAK) indicate very poor survival of Chinook salmon. As such, conservation measures will be in place for the start of the sockeye salmon fishery.

The 2021 preseason forecast for Stikine River sockeye salmon is 56,000 fish, which is well below the average of 108,000 fish. This forecast includes: 28,000 Tahltan Lake and 28,000 mainstem sockeye salmon and results in a U.S. allowable catch (AC) of 2,120 Stikine River sockeye salmon and is comprised only of Tahltan Lake fish. Since the forecast of mainstem sockeye salmon is below the midpoint of the escapement goal, there is no AC for mainstem bound sockeye salmon. If the run comes in on forecast, there will be sufficient fish to meet escapement needs for Tahltan Lake with a small AC but will only provide for escapement needs on the mainstem. The bulk of the AC is expected to be distributed between the inriver U.S, subsistence fishery and the District 6 commercial fishery making commercial opportunity in District 8 highly unlikely during what would normally be the sockeye salmon portion of the season in the district.

The sockeye salmon season could open by regulation as early as 12:00 noon on Sunday, June 13 (statistical week 25). However, with an expected poor run of Stikine River Chinook salmon, as well as poor Chinook salmon runs throughout SEAK, conservation measures will be in place for the start of the sockeye salmon fishery. As stated above, directed commercial opportunity for sockeye salmon in District 8 is unlikely, however, Chinook salmon conservation measures will include implementing a six-inch maximum mesh size and delaying the start of the sockeye salmon fishery by one week in District 6. Due to concerns for Stikine sockeye salmon, extensions are unlikely during the sockeye salmon portion of the season. District 6 will be limited to two days a week during statistical weeks 29–32 for McDonald Lake sockeye salmon conservation.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

Taku-Snettisham/Section 11-B

The terminal run forecast of 10,300 Taku River large Chinook salmon is below the bottom end of the escapement goal range of 19,000 to 36,000 large fish. With other regional Chinook salmon forecasts at low levels, management actions will be taken throughout all fisheries in Southeast Alaska to reduce harvest of wild Chinook salmon. Less than two weeks into the season, the cumulative large fish catch for the Taku River stock assessment project (drift tangle nets) is below the recent five-year average. Daily catch rates for this project generally peak in late May to early June, so most of the story is yet to be told. 

The 2021 Taku Inlet / Stephens Passage (Section 11-B) drift gillnet fishery will open to target sockeye salmon for two days beginning Sunday, June 20 with the same initial restrictions in place as last season. Restrictions include a significant area closure of Taku Inlet and waters east of a line of longitude running mid-inlet from the latitude of Point Greely south to a point on the Admiralty Island shoreline north of Station Point. Restrictions also include a six-inch maximum mesh size restriction, and night closures from 10 p.m. through 4 a.m. Starting in statistical week 27 (June 27), openings will likely have significantly less area restriction but mesh size restriction and night closures may stay in place for a couple more weeks. Management will be based on wild sockeye salmon abundance through mid-August, after which focus will shift to Taku River coho salmon abundance. Weekly opening times will be determined in-season based on data from Taku River stock assessment projects, fishery catch per unit effort (CPUE), and effort levels. 

The terminal runs of Taku River wild sockeye and coho salmon are expected to be near their recent ten-year averages with forecasts of 140,000 and 94,000 fish. The interim sockeye salmon harvest sharing arrangement between the U.S. and Canada established for the 2020 to 2023 seasons should provide more foundation to target weekly allowable catch (AC) and may result in additional time for District 11 gillnetters in Taku Inlet starting in statistical week 29 (July 11). The Taku River coho salmon forecast is at a level that provides the U.S. with an AC of 12,000 above border fish under the new harvest sharing agreement in the current Pacific Salmon Treaty Annex. If inseason estimates are like the forecast, additional time will likely be warranted during the coho salmon management period.

Douglas Island Pink and Chum, Inc. (DIPAC) is forecasting returns of 407,000 summer chum salmon from hatchery releases in Gastineau Channel and Limestone Inlet. The forecasted return of enhanced sockeye salmon to Port Snettisham is 106,000 fish, and 44,000 enhanced coho salmon are forecasted to return to Gastineau Channel.

The 2021 SEAK Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan can be found on the Southeast Management Plans webpage

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

Lynn Canal/District 15

The commercial drift gillnet fishery in Lynn Canal will open for two days on Sunday, June 20. The 2021 preseason total run forecast for Chilkat River Chinook salmon is 1,500 large fish. The forecast is below the lower end of the escapement goal range of 1,750 to 3,500 large fish. In 2018, the Chilkat River Chinook salmon stock was designated as a stock of management concern after multiple years of failing to achieve the escapement goal. The Board of Fisheries approved an action plan for District 15 and District 11 drift gillnet fisheries, as well as sport, personal use, and subsistence fisheries to minimize harvest of Chinook salmon returning to Chilkat and King salmon River systems. In October 2020, the department recommended continuing the designation for these stocks. As a result, District 15 will continue to be managed under the 2018 Chilkat River and King Salmon River king salmon action plan (Lum and Fair 2018b) and under the provisions of the Lynn Canal and Chilkat River King Salmon Fishery Management Plan (5 AAC 33.384). Management actions taken in the 2020 District 15 drift gillnet fishery exceeded the provisions of the 2018 action plan and similar management actions are expected in 2021.

Section 15-A open area will be limited to south of Eldred Rock Lighthouse and east of a line from Eldred Rock Lighthouse to a point 2.0 nmi from the eastern shoreline at 58°51.00′ N lat, 135°12.77′ W long, and limited to two days a week through July 24. Section 15-C open area will be limited to the Postage Stamp (waters of Section 15-C south of the latitude of Vanderbilt Reef Light and east of a line from Vanderbilt Reef Light to Little Island Light) to two days a week through July 10. A maximum mesh size restriction of six inches will be in effect in Section 15-A through July 24 and in Section 15-C through July 17. Night closures from 10:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. will be implemented districtwide (including outside waters of the Boat Harbor Terminal Harvest Area) through July 17 to reduce the incidental catch of immature "feeder" Chinook salmon.

The Boat Harbor Terminal Harvest Area (THA) will open by regulation on June 20. Outside waters will be restricted to 1.0 nmi of the shoreline for two days per week with a maximum mesh size restriction of six inches through July 11. Inside waters of the Boat Harbor THA will open seven days a week with no restrictions.

The parent-year escapements, brood year 2015 returns to date, and zooplankton abundance suggests an average or below average run of sockeye salmon to Chilkat Lake in 2021. Parent-year escapements, strong zooplankton estimate, and poor pre-smolt estimates suggests an average to below average run of sockeye salmon to Chilkoot Lake in 2021.

The Douglas Island Pink and Chum, Inc. (DIPAC) is forecasting a summer chum salmon total run of 545,000 to 1.6 million fish to their hatchery release locations at Boat Harbor THA and Amalga Harbor Special Harvest Area in 2021. The total common property harvest is expected to be 611,000 hatchery-produced chum salmon. The forecast is below recent and long-term averages. The 2021 fall chum salmon run to the Chilkat River are expected to be average.

Coho salmon runs to Lynn Canal (Chilkat and Berners rivers) are expected to be average in 2021.

The 2021 SEAK Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan can be found on the Southeast Management Plans webpage

For more information please see the Chilkat River and King Salmon River King Salmon Stock Status and Action Plan, 2018 (PDF 6,858 kB)

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

Yakutat Area Set Gillnet Fishery

Last Update: June 18th, 2021

The Alsek River set gillnet fishery opened on June 13, for 24-hours. A total of 11 permits harvested 139 Chinook and 344 sockeye salmon. Fleet participation was average; Chinook salmon harvest was above average and sockeye salmon harvest was below average for this statistical week. The Yakutat Bay fishery was opened on June 13 and was open for 2.5 days. A total of 10 permits harvested 25 Chinook and 201 sockeye salmon. Fleet participation was below average, and Chinook and sockeye salmon harvest were below average for this statistical week.

Escapement monitoring at the Situk River weir for sockeye and Chinook salmon started on June 1. To date, 4,032 sockeye salmon and six large Chinook salmon have been enumerated at the weir. The 10-year average cumulative count is approximately 7,904 sockeye salmon and 22 large Chinook salmon by the end of this statistical week.

The Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet and Manby Shore Ocean fisheries will open on Sunday, June 20. Fishing times may be adjusted based on escapement through the weir and Yakutat Bay harvest for Statistical Week 25. The remainder of the Yakutat District will open on the fourth Sunday in June. The East Alsek, Akwe, and the Italio River systems will open by emergency order when adequate levels of escapement can be documented.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

Terminal Harvest Area (THA) Fisheries

Terminal Harvest Area (THA) gillnet fisheries occur in Nakat Inlet, Neets Bay, Anita Bay, Deep Inlet, and Boat Harbor. THA seine fisheries occur in Neets Bay, Kendrick Bay, Anita Bay, Deep Inlet, and Hidden Falls.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

Nakat Inlet THA

The forecasted return for Nakat Inlet is 321,000 summer chum salmon, 5,000 fall chum salmon, and 16,400 coho salmon. Nakat Inlet opens to the harvest of salmon by drift gillnet and troll gear on Tuesday, June 1. The Nakat Inlet THA will be closed to commercial salmon fishing from Sunday, July 11, through Saturday, July 24, for cost recovery fishing.

For further information please refer to the 2021 Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan (PDF 765 kB) and for updates on Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) contributions visit the SSRAA website external site link.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

Neets Bay THA

The Neets Bay forecasted return is 768,000 summer chum salmon, 31,000 fall chum salmon, 6,700 Chinook salmon, and 113,100 coho salmon. Neets Bay opens to the harvest of salmon by troll gear on Tuesday, June 15, and by rotational fishery between drift gillnet and purse seine on Thursday, June 17. The Neets Bay THA will close to the harvest of salmon by all gear groups Tuesday, July 6, for cost recovery fishing and broodstock collection.

For further information please refer to the ADF&G advisory announcement for Neets Bay and for updates on SSRAA contributions visit the SSRAA website external site link.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

Kendrick Bay THA

The forecasted return for Kendrick Bay is 714,000 summer chum salmon. Kendrick Bay opens to the harvest of salmon by purse seine gear on Tuesday, June 15. The Kendrick Bay THA will be closed to commercial salmon fishing from Sunday, July 11, through Saturday, July 24, for cost recovery fishing.

For further information please refer to the 2021 Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Fishery Management Plan (PDF 1,379 kB) and for updates on SSRAA contributions visit the SSRAA website external site link.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

Caroll Inlet THA

The forecasted return for Carroll Inlet is 9,300 Chinook salmon. The Carroll Inlet THA will be open in the waters of Carroll Inlet north of the latitude of 55°34.83' N latitude, approximately 1.3 nautical miles north of Nigelius Point to drift gillnet and purse seine gear concurrently from Tuesday, June 1, through Saturday, June 12. The lower portion of the Carroll Inlet THA is closing to net gear to allow the troll fleet exclusive access from Tuesday, June 1, through Tuesday, June 15. Beginning on June 15, the Carroll Inlet THA will be open north of the latitude of Nigelius Point at 55°33.50' N latitude from Tuesday, June 15, through Wednesday, June 30 to the rotational fishery between purse seine and drift gillnet.

For further information please refer to the ADF&G advisory announcement for Carroll Inlet and for updates on SSRAA contributions visit the SSRAA website external site link.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

Anita Bay THA

For 2021, the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) is forecasting total runs of 11,500 Chinook, 474,000 summer chum, and 11,100 coho salmon from releases at Anita Bay. A total of 7,100 Chinook, 162,300 summer chum, and 2,800 coho salmon are expected to be available for harvest in the Terminal Harvest Area (THA). The initial opening of Anita Bay will be delayed until June 1 to mitigate potential harvest of wild Chinook salmon. Additionally, Anita Bay will be closed to commercial salmon fishing from 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 12, through 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, August 10, to facilitate cost recovery efforts. A rotational fishery will be in place for drift gillnet and purse seine fleets starting Sunday, June 13. Details of the 2021 season fishing schedule and open area within the Anita Bay THA can be found in an ADF&G announcement released on April 16, 2021.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

Deep Inlet THA

Last Update: June 18th, 2021

The Deep Inlet THA opened on June 1 with an ongoing weekly schedule: seine openings on Sundays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and drift gillnet openings occurring on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Forecasted runs for Deep Inlet THA and Medvejie Hatchery includes 1,608,000 chum salmon, 17,600 king salmon, and 95,000 coho salmon. This season, 130,000 chum salmon are needed for broodstock. The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) does not anticipate cost recovery operations this season in the Deep Inlet THA. Gillnet and seine harvests through Stat Week 25 is confidential.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

Hidden Falls THA

The Hidden Falls Hatchery expects a run of 286,000 chum salmon. The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) needs 150,000 chum salmon for broodstock leaving 136,000 chum salmon available for common property harvests. NSRAA does not intend to use a tax assessment on the common property harvest of chum salmon to satisfy cost recovery needs as provided under AS 16.10.455.

There are no scheduled common property purse seine openings at Hidden Falls for 2021. Due to a low projected run of chum salmon, Hidden Falls will be managed for broodstock. NSRAA will assess the run through a weekly test fishery to determine run strength. In the event that surplus chum salmon are available, common property openings may be announced. Purse seiners are advised that openings at Hidden Falls during the 2021 season may be announced with a minimum 24-hour notice if necessary, in order to maximize fish quality.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

Crawfish Inlet THA

A run of 1,920,000 chum salmon is forecasted to return to the Crawfish Inlet remote release site in 2021. No chum salmon are needed for broodstock. The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) is planning to conduct cost recovery this season in Crawfish Inlet. Following the conclusion of cost recovery operations in Crawfish Inlet, purse seine openings will be scheduled for Sundays and Thursdays. Seine openings may occur inside the boundaries of the Special Harvest Area. Purse seiners are advised that openings at Crawfish Inlet during the 2021 season may be announced with a minimum 24-hour notice if necessary, in order to maximize fish quality.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.

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Prince William Sound (PWS)

Copper River and PWS Drift Gillnet

Last Update: June 18th, 2021

The Copper River District was open to commercial fishing for a 12-hour periods on Monday, June 14 and a 24-hour period on June 17. There have been six Copper River District fishing periods during the 2021 season. The Coghill District gillnet fishery was open for a 36-hour fishing period on Thursday, June 11 and for 24-hours on Monday, June 14. The Eshamy District was open for two 24-hour periods on June 10 and June 14. Both districts are currently open, the Coghill District is open for a 36-hour period, and the Eshamy District for a 24-hour period.

The Miles Lake field camp project was deployed on Friday, May 7. Sonar monitoring of Copper River sockeye and king salmon passage at the outlet of Miles Lake is ongoing. Currently, the north bank and south bank sonar is deployed 24 hours per day. A total of 366,634 salmon have been enumerated to date versus a cumulative management objective of 328,318 salmon. The Coghill River weir was fish tight on June 11 and the current cumulative count is 1,588 sockeye salmon.

Based on the recent poor Chinook and sockeye salmon production, a conservative management approach will be implemented early in the season. Waters inside of the Barrier Islands from Steamboat through the eastern end of the district were closed for all fishing periods thus far. Continued closure of the hatchery terminal areas in the Eshamy and Coghill Districts is necessary due to the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Association (PWSAC)'s large cost recovery goals relative to the projected run size and their limited progress on cost recovery harvests to date.

The 2021 commercial harvest forecast for the Copper River District are 652,000 sockeye and 218,000 coho salmon. The Chinook salmon harvest (all fisheries) forecast is 13,000 fish, which is below the 10-year (2011-2020) average 19,900. The 2021 sockeye salmon harvest forecast is 47% below the 10-year (2011–2020) average of 1.23 million fish. The cumulative harvest to-date for the Copper River District is 122,260 sockeye and 6,138 Chinook salmon.

A total run of 1.68 million Wally Noerenberg Hatchery (WNH) chum salmon are projected to return to the hatchery. Historical harvest timing for these chum salmon is from June 1 – July 27. A total of 252,000 Coghill Lake sockeye salmon are projected to be available for common property harvest. The harvest timing for these sockeye salmon is from June 1 – August 1. The 2021 sockeye salmon run to Main Bay Hatchery (MBH) is forecast to be 1.08 million fish. The historical harvest timing for these sockeye salmon is from June 1 – August 1. The Coghill and Eshamy district harvests for the 36-hour fishing periods that started on Thursday, June 3, were 29,700 and 13,600 chum salmon, respectively. The Coghill and Eshamy district harvests for the 24-hour fishing periods that started on Monday, June 7, were 10,100 and 11,800 chum salmon, respectively.

Break-up of the Copper River is late and river water levels are low for this date.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Prince William Sound and Copper River Management Area

Prince William Sound Purse Seine

Last Update: June 18th, 2021

Both the Armin F. Koernig hatchery (AFK) Terminal Harvest Area (THA) and Special Harvest Area (SHA) and the Port Chalmers Subdistrict are open for 3 concurrent periods per week consisting of a 48-hour period beginning on Monday and two 36-hour periods beginning on Thursday and Saturday of each week. 

The Prince William Sound seine fisheries began on May 31. For the week beginning May 31 and the week beginning June 7 there have been 3 periods/week in the Southwestern District (Armin F. Koernig hatchery (AFK) Terminal Harvest Area (THA) and Special Harvest Area (SHA)) and Montague District (Port Chalmers sub-district). This schedule will remain in effect for the week beginning June 14. Beginning, Thursday June 6 an area adjustment was made at Port Chalmers to limit the interception of salmon bound for other areas throughout Prince William Sound.

Both the AFK and Port Chalmers are remote release, terminal fisheries, and all retuning fish are available for harvest with no escapement or broodstock concerns. The run timing for both fisheries is June 1– July 27.

Participation in the past week has increased and it will likely continue to increase until pink fisheries begin in early July.

The 2021 commercial harvest forecast for AFK is 150,000 fish and was expected to be dominated by age-4 chum salmon. Harvest has increased in the past 2 periods; this is likely driven by the increase in participation. Cumulative harvest to date is 39,803 chum salmon and 882 sockeye salmon.

The 2021 commercial harvest forecast for Port Chalmers is 320,000 fish and is expected to be dominated by age-4 chum salmon. Harvest and participation so far have been average. Cumulative harvest to date is 92,164 fish.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Prince William Sound and Copper River Management Area

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Bristol Bay

Bristol Bay

The 2021 Bristol Bay inshore sockeye salmon run is forecasted to be approximately 50.0 million fish. Based on the forecast, 36.4 million fish are potentially available for commercial inshore harvest.

The commercial salmon season in Bristol Bay opens June 1 by regulation. Fishing in eastside districts and the Togiak District will be allowed using a weekly schedule that varies by section. The schedules are in place to balance fishing opportunity with escapement in the early part of the season, particularly for king salmon. As each run develops and sockeye salmon run characteristics become defined within individual districts, fishing time will be adjusted accordingly. In the Nushagak District, management will focus on king salmon in the early part of the season, and switch to sockeye salmon management as abundance dictates.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Bristol Bay Management Area

Togiak District

Last Update: June 18th, 2021

The Togiak District is open for the regular weekly schedule with no changes. There have been a couple deliveries in the Togiak District and effort will increase next week.

Escapement enumeration projects will begin in early July.

We wish everyone a safe and successful season!

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Bristol Bay Management Area

Nushagak District

Last Update: June 18th, 2021

Set gillnet fishing began in the Igushik Section on Monday June 14 and is occurring for 8-hour fishing periods. This fishing schedule will continue until there is updated escapement information or catch per unit effort (CPUE) changes dramatically. There is minimal participation in the Igushik Section. We expect participation to gradually increase over the next week or two. Harvest is minimal and is confidential.

The Nushagak Sonar is operational; escapement is ahead of expectations for sockeye salmon and behind expectations for king salmon. The Wood River tower began operations on June 17 at 08:00 a.m.

We are excited for another salmon season in the Nushagak District and wish everyone a safe and successful season!

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Bristol Bay Management Area

Naknek-Kvichak District

An inshore run of approximately 17.0 million sockeye salmon is expected for the Naknek-Kvichak District in 2021. Based on the forecast, the projected harvest in the Naknek-Kvichak District is approximately 9.0 million sockeye salmon: 2.2 million fish from the Kvichak River, 1.3 million fish from the Alagnak River, and 5.4 million fish from the Naknek River. Sockeye salmon returning to the Naknek-Kvichak District are predicted to be 47% age-1.2, 45% age-1.3, 5% age-2.2, and 3% age-2.3 fish.

Fishing in the Naknek-Kvichak District will be open four days per week from 9:00 a.m. Monday to 9:00 a.m. Friday, beginning 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 1 and ending 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 25. Drift gillnets will be restricted to fishing in the Naknek Section only, while set gillnets will be allowed to fish in the entire Naknek-Kvichak District. From June 25 until July 17, fishing periods will be based on sockeye salmon escapements, abundance in the district, and gear group harvest percentages.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Bristol Bay Management Area

Egegik District

The 2021 forecasted inshore run for the Egegik River is approximately 11.0 million sockeye salmon. With an escapement goal of 800,000 to 2.0 million fish, the potential surplus of fish available for harvest is 9.3 million fish.

In 2021, separate gear openings and extensions will be used to adjust harvest in an attempt to achieve allocation percentages. Fishermen are reminded that regulations direct the department to avoid "to the extent practicable", continuous fishing with set gillnet gear in the Egegik District, therefore, Egegik set gillnet fishermen should expect breaks in fishing.

Based on the Kvichak River sockeye salmon forecast, fishing will begin in the full Egegik District. The season will start with a three day per week schedule that will be in effect until June 18. The primary reason for the three day per week schedule is to provide for Chinook salmon escapement. Commercial fishing will be allowed in the Egegik District from 9:00 a.m. Monday, until 9:00 a.m. Wednesday and from 9:00 a.m. Thursday until 9:00 a.m. Friday. This schedule will begin at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 1 and run through 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 18 for drift and set gillnet gear. After June 18, additional fishing time for both gear groups will be scheduled according to sockeye salmon run strength. As in previous years, some openings could occur on short notice.

In addition, subsistence fishing will be permitted in the waters of the Egegik commercial district from 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 1 until 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 18. The department will consider additional directed subsistence openings but will wait until inseason to announce the timing of those openings.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Bristol Bay Management Area

Ugashik District

The Ugashik River sockeye salmon forecasted inshore run for 2021 is 6.5 million fish. With an escapement goal of 500,000 to 1.4 million sockeye salmon, the potential surplus available for harvest is 5.4 million fish. Separate gear openings and adjusting length of commercial periods will be used to address allocation between gear groups.

Beginning 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, commercial fishing in the Ugashik District will be allowed on a 9:00 a.m. Monday to 9:00 a.m. Friday schedule through 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 23. With an expected run to the Kvichak River that exceeds the minimum escapement goal stipulated in regulation, fishing will begin in the full Ugashik District. Additional fishing time after June 23 will depend on fishery performance and run strength indicators. Permit holders should note that the regulation restricting opportunity to no more than 48 hours between June 16 and June 23 will not be in effect for 2021.

In addition, subsistence fishing will be permitted in the waters of the Ugashik commercial district from 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 1 until 09:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 23.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Bristol Bay Management Area

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Upper Cook Inlet (UCI)

Last Update: June 18th, 2021

There are three commercial fisheries currently underway in Upper Cook Inlet (UCI):

  • Northern District Set Gillnet King Salmon fishery: Mondays – 6-hour periods; 12-hour period for June 21.
  • Big River Fishery: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 12-hour periods through June 24
  • Western, Kustatan, and Kalgin Island Subdistrict set gillnet fisheries: Mondays and Thursdays- 12-hour periods starting June 17.

Participation in both the Northern District Directed king salmon fishery and Big River fishery is average.

Currently, the Northern District King Salmon fishery remains reduced to 6-hour fishing periods. At the 2020 UCI Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting, new regulations were adopted, pairing restrictive actions in the Deshka River king salmon sport fishery with the Northern District commercial king salmon fishery. The new regulation states that when the Deshka River king salmon sport fishery is restricted to catch and release fishing, the commercial set gillnet fishery shall be restricted to 6-hour fishing periods that occur from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Mondays. However, the Division of Sport Fisheries released Emergency Order 2-KS-2-14-21 on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, allowing the use of bait and multiple hooks while sport fishing in the Deshka River, beginning 6:00 a.m., Friday, June 18, 2021. The Sustainable Escapement Goal (SEG) on the Deshka River is 9,000 – 18,000 king salmon. Through June 15, cumulative king salmon passage through the weir was 7,788 fish with a projected escapement of 23,747 fish nearing the 40% point of the historical run. With the release of this EO, fishing time is now back to 12 hours per open period, or from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. for the remaining fishing period on June 21, 2021 in the directed king salmon commercial set gillnet fishery in the Northern District of Upper Cook Inlet.

Estimated king salmon harvest from the first three Northern District king salmon commercial fishery openers was approximately 830 fish. The king salmon harvest from the first three 6-hour openers have been well below the 10-year average harvest of 1,372 king salmon. The estimated sockeye salmon harvest from was approximately 918 fish, also well below the average sockeye salmon harvest.

Total harvest from the Big River sockeye salmon commercial fishery is slightly above average for king salmon harvest and about average for sockeye salmon harvest. A total of approximately 397 king salmon and 8,730 sockeye salmon were harvested through June 16. The 10-year average total harvest through June 16 is approximately 334 king salmon and 8,013 sockeye salmon while the 5-year average harvest is approximately 278 king salmon and 6,224 sockeye salmon.

The Kasilof River sonar began operations on June 15. The sockeye salmon passage estimate in the Kasilof River for Wednesday, June 17 was 4,327 fish for a season total of 14,059 fish. Total Kasilof River escapement falls above the previous 10-year average of 11,862 fish passage through June 17. The Kenai River sonar is expected to begin operation on July 1.

Please see the 2021 Upper Cook Inlet Salmon Fishing Outlook (PDF 589 kB) for more information on fishing strategies.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Upper Cook Inlet Management Area

Lower Cook Inlet (LCI)

Last Update: June 18th, 2021

Cost recovery of returning Trail Lakes Hatchery sockeye salmon from the Bear Lake release began on May 27. Commercial set gillnet harvest began in the Southern District of Lower Cook Inlet on Tuesday, June 1 with commercial purse seine opening for commercial common property harvest in Kamishak Bay having begun on that date as well. Commercial purse seine harvest began in the Southern District on Monday, June 14 on a schedule of 16-hour Monday, Wednesday, and Friday openings beginning at 6:00 AM on those days.

The weir at Bear Creek in Resurrection Bay have been in operation for several weeks. Through June 16, a total of 11,699 sockeye salmon have been counted at the Bear Creek weir. This is above the anticipated range for this date of 3,675 – 8,059 fish to achieve passage into the lake that meet both broodstock and wild stock escapement objectives.

Participation levels for lower Cook Inlet commercial set gillnet and purse seine fisheries are anticipated to remain similar to recent years.

Through June 16, Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) has harvested 29,169 sockeye salmon for cost recovery from Resurrection Bay. Over the last 10 years approximately 81% of the final cost recovery harvest had been landed by this date on average. CIAA anticipates a total return of 211,700 sockeye salmon returning to Resurrection Bay release sites in 2021 with 189,000 of those harvested for cost recovery.

A 24-hour commercial set gillnet fishing period in the Southern District began at 6:00 AM on Tuesday, June 1. Cumulative harvest from the five fishing periods that have occurred prior to June 16 is 116 Chinook and 3,617 sockeye salmon. The previous five-year average harvest for these periods combined is 194 Chinook and 4,961 sockeye salmon. Harvest last year for these five periods was 262 Chinook and 2,356 sockeye salmon.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Lower Cook Inlet Management Area

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Kodiak

Last Update: June 18th, 2021

The Duck Bay, Izhut Bay, Inner Kitoi Bay, Outer Kitoi Bay Sections of the Afognak District, and the Foul Bay and Waterfall Bay Special Harvest Areas are currently open until further notice to target early-run hatchery chum and sockeye salmon.

The Outer Ayakulik Section of the Southwest Kodiak District and the Cape Alitak, Humpy-Deadman, Alitak Bay, Moser Bay, Olga Bay, Outer Upper Station, and Inner Upper Station Sections of the Alitak District are currently open until 9:00 Saturday June 19 targeting Ayakulik early-run, Upper Station early-run and Frazer sockeye salmon.

The Eastside Kodiak District, the Northwest Afognak, Pauls Bay, and Perenosa Bay sections of the Afognak District, and the Big River and Outer Kukak Bay sections of the Mainland District are scheduled to open for 33 hours at noon Sunday, June 21 targeting local sockeye salmon.

The cumulative Karluk River early-run sockeye salmon escapement through June 17 is on 75,403 fish, which is below the desired escapement range for this date. The areas managed based on Karluk early-run sockeye salmon are currently closed. Sockeye salmon harvest in the areas managed based on Karluk early-run are below average.

In the Southwest Kodiak District, the cumulative Ayakulik River early-run sockeye salmon escapement through June 17 is 159,147 fish, which is well above the desired escapement range for this date. The commercial salmon fishery in the Outer Ayakulik Section of the Southwest Kodiak District is currently open. Sockeye salmon harvest in the areas managed based on Ayakulik early-run are above average.

In the Alitak District, the cumulative Upper Station early-run sockeye salmon escapement through June 17 is 83,161 fish, which is well above the desired escapement range for this date. The cumulative Frazer sockeye salmon escapement through June 18 is 14,378 fish, which is below the desired escapement range for this date. Sockeye salmon harvest in the areas managed based on Upper Station early-run and Frazer sockeye salmon is above average.

In the Afognak District the cumulative Afognak Lake (Litnik) sockeye salmon escapement through June 17 is 13,161 fish, which is below the desired escapement range for this date. No commercial salmon fisheries are currently scheduled in the Southeast Afognak Section.

In the Northeast Kodiak District, the cumulative Buskin Lake sockeye salmon escapement through June 18 is 583 fish which is below the desired escapement range for this date. The commercial, sport, and subsistence salmon fisheries are all closed near the Buskin River.

In the Eastside Kodiak District, the Pasagshak River weir is operational but only 82 sockeye salmon have passed the weir. The Saltery Creek weir was installed on June 17 but has yet to count the first sockeye salmon.

There is currently little or no early information on sockeye salmon runs at Kaflia, Swikshak, Miam, Uganik, Little River, Malina, Long Lagoon, Thorsheim, Perenosa Bay, Pauls Bay, Akalura, Horse Marine, and other minor sockeye salmon systems.

It is anticipated that approximately 180 seiners and 165 set gillnetters will participate. 

Approximately 189,00 sockeye salmon have been harvested through June 17 which is below average for this date.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Kodiak Management Area

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North Peninsula

Last Update: June 18th, 2021

The weekly fishing period in Nelson Lagoon is 3.5 days per week. Minimal effort has occurred in the Bear River and Port Moller Bight sections this week.

The Nelson Lagoon commercial sockeye salmon harvests were about 3,400-3,600 sockeye salmon per day for the weekly fishing period by about 13-16 permit holders with strong winds limiting fishing one day this week during the 3.5-day weekly fishing period. One extra day of fishing occurred this week.

Historically, most of the fishing effort in the Northern District takes place after June 20 and catches have been low which is typical for this date. Over the next 7-10 days effort on the North Peninsula should start increasing as sockeye salmon start to return across the region.

The Nelson, Bear, Sandy, and Ilnik river enumeration projects are all operational. All counts are low for this date except for the Ilnik River which is ahead of interim escapement objectives for this date.

The Bear River Weir was fight tight on June 5 and 5,817 fish have passed as of June 16, which is below the 10-year average (2011-2020) of 7,462 fish for this date.

The Sandy River Weir was fight tight on June 12 and 80 fish have passed as of June 16. Panels were pulled on the Sandy River Weir to ease pressure due to a highwater even on June 14 and June 15. The water has started to subside, and the weir was fish tight again as of noon on June 16.

The Ilnik River Weir was fight tight on June 3 and 5,817 fish have passed as of June 16, which is above the 10-year average (2011-2020) of 7,462 fish for this date.

The Nelson River Weir was fight tight on June 7 and 2 fish have passed as of June 16, which is below the 10-year average (2011-2020) of 5,275 fish for this date.

An aerial survey of the Meshik River should occur later this week, weather depending.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Alaska Peninsula Management Area webpage.

South Peninsula

Last Update: June 18th, 2021

The second commercial salmon fishing period of the South Alaska Peninsula opened on June 15 at 6:00 a.m. and will close on June 18 at 10:00 p.m. for an 88-hour fishing period. Commercial salmon fishing is open for set gillnet, drift gillnet, and seine gear. Commercial salmon fishing will occur in the following areas:

  • Unimak District
  • Bechevin Bay Section of the Northwestern District
  • Southwestern District
  • West and East Pavlof Bay sections of the Southcentral District
  • The Shumagin Islands Section of the Southeastern District

No aerial surveys for salmon escapement have been flown yet, which is normal for this time of year. The Orzinski weir was fish tight on June 8 at 12:00 p.m.; since then, 29 sockeye salmon have escaped through the weir, which is consistent with the 5- and 10-year average. Orzinski’s first escapement goal is for 1,500 sockeye salmon on July 1.

Sockeye salmon harvest is well above the recent 5- and 10-year averages, with 1,111,732 fish harvested through June 16. The 10-year average sockeye salmon harvest through June 16 476,490 fish and the 5-year average is 489,164 fish.

Pink salmon harvest of 1,315,140 fish is above all recent averages; the 10-year average is 506,862 fish, and the 5-year average of 961,250 fish.

As of June 16, the chum salmon harvest of 296,381 fish is above all recent averages, the 10-year average is 158,809 fish and the 5-year average of 175,342 fish.

Chinook and coho salmon catches are relatively low, which is normal for this time of year.

There is one management plan in the South Alaska Peninsula Management Area that has allocative ties to another area. The Southeastern District Mainland Salmon Management Plan (5 AAC 09.360) is based off the Chignik Management Area (Area L) harvest. No commercial salmon fishing has occurred in Chignik at this time.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Alaska Peninsula Management Area webpage.

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Chignik

Chignik

Last Update: June 18th, 2021

As of 10:00 p.m. June 17, a total of 36,514 sockeye salmon have passed through the Chignik weir. The interim escapement objective for June 20 is 151,000-232,000 sockeye salmon. Current escapement is above the last three years, but still below the recent 10-year average of approximately 87,000 sockeye salmon.

From June 1 until July 25 sockeye salmon harvested in the Southeastern District Mainland (SEDM) Section of the Alaska Peninsula Area (Area M) to the West of the Chignik Management Area (CMA) are considered bound for Chignik. From June 1 until July 5 sockeye salmon harvested in the Cape Igvak Section of Area K (Kodiak) to the East of the CMA are considered bound for Chignik. There have been no fishing periods scheduled in the Cape Igvak Section of Area K or the SEDM of Area M.

For Advisory Announcements detailing the specific information related to the fishery visit the Advisory Announcements webpage.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Chignik Management Area webpage.

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Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim

Yukon River

Opportunities to harvest summer chum salmon for commercial fishing will be based on inseason run assessment and the need to conserve Chinook salmon. Commercial fishing will begin when the summer chum salmon run is projected to meet the drainagewide escapement goal and objectives in the management plan. The commercial fishery will likely start in late June with selective gear types including dip nets and beach seines with no retention of Chinook salmon allowed.

Fall chum salmon projection and harvestable surplus totals will be revised in early July based on summer chum salmon run size.

For more information, please see the full flier: 2021 Yukon River Salmon Summer Fishery Announcement #1 (PDF 337 kB)

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Yukon Management Area

Kuskokwim River

Last Update: June 11th, 2021

The Kuskokwim has a single registered commercial fishery buyer for the 2021 season. Commercial fishing is not anticipated until early July. The 2021 Kuskokwim River Chinook salmon forecast is for a range of 94,000–155,000 fish. The drainage-wide Chinook salmon escapement goal is 65,000–120,000 fish. If the run comes back as projected, the drainage-wide escapement and tributary goals are expected to be achieved and a surplus above escapement needs may be available to support a limited subsistence harvest. Average to above average runs of sockeye and coho salmon are expected in 2021. The chum salmon run is expected to be below average.

Escapement information will not be available until projects begin operation in mid-June. The standard suite of weirs, sonar, test fisheries, sonar, and aerial surveys are operating during the 2021 season.

Currently, there is not a commercial fishery in the Kuskokwim Management Area. Subsistence fishing closures for Chinook salmon went into effect on June 1, in the lower Kuskokwim River and proceeded upstream through the subsistence fishing sections until June 11. The Middle and Upper Kuskokwim River will be opened to subsistence fishing with a household permit on June 12.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Kuskokwim Management Area

Norton Sound

Salmon runs to Norton Sound are expected to be below average for all species, except for pink salmon. Commercial fishing is expected to start in early July. For the past 5 years pink salmon runs have ranged from well above average to record breaking. A second buyer is coming to Norton Sound to see if they can develop a pink salmon fishery. A commissioner's permit will be issued to harvest pink salmon using purse seine gear. Norton Sound pink salmon have a strong even-numbered year run, but the odd-numbered year runs in the last two cycles have been just as strong in Southern Norton Sound (Shaktoolik and Unalakleet). The pink salmon seine fishery will be concentrated in Southern Norton Sound early in the season.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Norton Sound & Kotzebue Management Area

Kotzebue

The chum salmon run is expected to be below average. Commercial fishing is expected to start July 11 with two buyers present. Last year the run was well below forecast with a poor return of 4-year-olds. Therefore, the return of 5-year-olds is expected to be poor and the strength of the 4-year-old return is unknown at this time.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Norton Sound & Kotzebue Management Area

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