(Released: August 03, 2017 - Expired: December 31, 2017)

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: Matt Catterson, Sitka Area Assistant Management Biologist
(907) 747-5535

Sport Fishing Area Closure Reduced To 300 Feet Downstream Of The Situk River Weir

Sitka – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the area closed to sport fishing on the Situk River has been reduced to 300 feet upstream and downstream of the Situk River weir.

The Situk River drainage is managed for an escapement goal of 450 to 1,050 large king salmon. As of August 1, 2017, approximately 825 large king salmon have passed through the Situk River weir. Average run-timing data indicates that 99% of the run has passed, and large numbers of pink salmon have entered the river decreasing the angling pressure on any king salmon remaining in the lower river.

Anglers are reminded that the entire Situk River drainage is closed to sport fishing for king salmon. King salmon may not be targeted and any incidentally caught king salmon may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

Anyone needing further information concerning this announcement please contact the Division of Sport Fish in Sitka at (907) 747-5355.