Division of Sport Fish
Tom Taube, Acting 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

Advisory Announcement
(Released: March 29, 2023 - Expires: September 30, 2023)

CONTACT: Lisa Stuby
Area Management Biologist
(907) 459-7202

Yukon River Drainage Closed to Sport Fishing for Chum Salmon

(Fairbanks) – To protect chum salmon in periods of low abundance, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is closing the Yukon River drainage (excluding the Tanana River drainage) to sport fishing for chum salmon, effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2023. This closure prohibits all sport fishing for chum salmon, including catch-and-release fishing. All chum salmon caught incidentally while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately. A concurrent management action for king salmon prohibits the use of bait in all Yukon River tributaries.

Chum salmon stocks throughout western Alaska continue to trend at or below goals for run size. The preseason forecast for Yukon River summer chum salmon is 557,000, which will be near the lower bound of the drainagewide escapement goal range of 500,000–1,200,000 fish. According to the Yukon River Summer Chum Salmon Management Plan (5 AAC 05.362(c)), when the projected run size of summer chum salmon is 650,000 fish or less, the commercial, personal use, and sport fisheries for summer chum salmon will be closed. Closures or restrictions to the subsistence fishery are anticipated. If inseason stock assessment information indicates that chum salmon escapement goals and subsistence needs in the Yukon River drainage will be met, sport fishing restrictions may be relaxed commensurate with run strength.

For additional information contact Lisa Stuby, Yukon Area Management Biologist at 907-459-7202 or lisa.stuby@alaska.gov.