Region 2-Southcentral News Release
(Released: July 03, 2019 - Expires: December 31, 2019)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Lee Borden, Assistant Area Management Biologist
(Dillingham) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is increasing the limits of sockeye salmon to ten fish per day and ten fish in possession in all waters of the Nushagak-Mulchatna River drainage, excluding the Wood River drainage, effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 5 through 11:59 p.m., 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.
The escapement of sockeye salmon in the Nushagak River is projected to exceed the escapement goal of 370,000 - 900,000 fish. Through July 2, 2019, approximately 405,083 sockeye salmon have been counted at the Portage Creek sonar. Therefore, it is warranted to increase the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon in the Nushagak-Mulchatna River sport fishery.
“This year’s sockeye salmon run is ahead on the projection curve,” stated Assistant Area Management Biologist Lee Borden. “With the upper end of the escapement goal of 900,000 projected to be exceeded, we are providing anglers an opportunity to harvest additional fish in the sport fishery.”
For additional information, please contact Assistant Area Management Biologist Lee Borden at (907) 842-2427.