(Released: July 08, 2019 - Expired: 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

Contact: Lee Borden, Assistant Area Management Biologist
(907) 842-2427

Naknek River Sockeye Salmon Limits Increased

(Dillingham) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is increasing the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon to ten fish per day and ten fish in possession in all waters of the Naknek River drainage effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019. 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.

Through July 7, 2019, approximately 1.01 million sockeye salmon have been counted at the Naknek River tower. The run is within the escapement goal of 800,000 - 2,000,000 and increasing projections likely to exceed the escapement goal under normal fishing have been dampened by increased opportunity for the commercial fleet. Therefore, it is justified to liberate sport fishery opportunity for sockeye salmon in the Naknek River.

“This year’s sockeye run is really strong,” stated Assistant Area Management Biologist Lee Borden. “With a solid sockeye return on the Naknek, we are increasing opportunity to harvest additional fish in the sport fishery.”

For additional information, please contact Assistant Area Management Biologist Lee Borden at (907) 842-2427.