Region 1-Southeast News Release
(Released: July 31, 2019 - Expires: December 31, 2019)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Matt Catterson, Area Management Biologist
Yakutat – The area closed to sport fishing downstream of the fish counting weir on the lower Situk River has been restored to 300 feet beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 2, 2019. The area within 300 feet upstream of the fish counting weir also remains closed to sport fishing.
The Situk River drainage is managed for a biological escapement goal (BEG) of 450 to 1,050 large king salmon, with a management target of 730 large king salmon. As of July 30, 2019, 584 large king salmon have been counted through the Situk River weir. Expansion of the closed area downstream of the Situk River weir is no longer necessary because large numbers of king salmon are no longer staging in this area and the escapement goal has been achieved.
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 Matt Catterson, Yakutat Area Sport Fish Biologist at (907) 784-3222.