(Released: July 08, 2019 - Expired: July 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: Jason Dye, Area Management Biologist
(907) 842-2427

Nushagak-Mulchatna River Drainage King Salmon Restricted to Catch-and-Release and No Bait

(Dillingham) - In favor of protecting returning king salmon and ensuring fishing opportunities in the future, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is implementing the following sport fishing restriction. Retention of king salmon of any size and the use of bait is prohibited in all waters of the Nushagak-Mulchatna River drainage effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 10 through the remainder of the king salmon season, which closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2019. King salmon may not be retained or possessed (catch-and-release only). King salmon caught may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

Through July 7, 2019, an estimated 39,829 king salmon have passed the Portage Creek sonar. The sustainable escapement goal (SEG) for Nushagak River king salmon is 55,000 - 120,000 fish. Although the current projection of spawning escapement is below desired levels, unusually warm weather and water temperatures have likely delayed the upstream migration of king salmon. Therefore, a cautious approach is warranted.

“This year’s run has fallen well behind desired levels,” stated Area Management Biologist Jason Dye. “In the interest of putting as many king salmon on the spawning grounds as possible, we are limiting the Nushagak-Mulchatna River drainage king salmon fishery to catch-and-release.”

ADF&G will continue to monitor the king salmon escapement and may reopen the sport fishery as specified in the management plan.

For more information, please contact Area Management Biologist Jason Dye at (907) 842-2427.