Area Sport Fishing Reports
Bristol Bay

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Bristol Bay Sport Fish Management Area
King Salmon
Naknek River

Based on inseason information from anglers and guides, the inriver king salmon abundance appeared to be good for the duration of the season from mid-June through late July and effort appeared to be near average.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2018 sport fishery.

Alagnak River

On August 21, 2018, a peak aerial survey estimate of 988 king salmon indicated the run may have fallen below the Sustainable Escapement Goal (SEG) of 2,700 salmon. Inseason reports from anglers and guides contradicted aerial survey information and indicated a good inriver abundance of king salmon throughout the season and effort appeared to be near average.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2018 sport fishery.

Nushagak-Mulchatna River

The preliminary estimate of king salmon passing the Portage Creek sonar was 97,239 salmon. King salmon are managed to achieve an inriver return of 95,000 fish, to provide for 55,000 to 120,000 spawning salmon.

Commercial, sport, and subsistence catch information also indicated a strong return throughout the season. Approximately 35,000 king salmon were harvested during the sockeye salmon commercial fishery. Harvest estimates for the sport and subsistence fisheries are not available; nonetheless, angler, guide, and subsistence user reports suggest an average to above average harvest in the sport and subsistence fisheries.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2018 sport fishery.

Togiak River

Based on inseason reports from anglers, guides, and subsistence users, inriver king salmon abundance was good to excellent for the duration of the run from late June through late July and effort appeared to be average or slightly above average.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2018 sport fishery.

Sockeye Salmon

Naknek River

The sockeye salmon escapement exceeded the SEG range of 800,000 to 2.0 million fish for the Naknek River with an estimate of 2.2 million salmon.

Management Actions

On July 19, 2018, in all waters of the Naknek River drainage the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits increased from five fish to ten fish.

Kvichak River

The sockeye salmon escapement was within the SEG range of 2.0 to 10.0 million fish for the Kvichak River with an estimate of 4.4 million salmon.

The sockeye salmon escapement was within the SEG range of 2.0 to 10.0 million fish for the Kvichak River with an estimate of 4.4 million salmon. Through July 9, 2018, the escapement of sockeye salmon into the Kvichak River was not projected to achieve 2 million fish, which is the lower end of the SEG. Therefore, an emergency order was issued restricting the sport fishery. In addition to the restrictions in the sport fishery, the commercial fishery was limited to the Naknek River Special Harvest Area.

Subsequently, sockeye salmon escapement increased in the Kvichak River and ADF&G was able to project that the escapement would likely exceed 2 million fish; therefore, an emergency order was issued restoring sockeye salmon bag and possession limits and opening closed waters.

Management Actions

On July 12, 2018, in all waters of the Kvichak River / Lake Iliamna drainage the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits were reduced from five fish to two fish. The bag and possession limit restrictions applied to the waters of the Kvichak, Newhalen, and Tazimina rivers and their tributaries, and Clark, Sixmile, and Iliamna lakes and all other tributaries into these lakes. The Alagnak River drainage was excluded from these restrictions.

In addition, sport fishing for sockeye salmon closed in the following waters to eliminate the potential for conflict between sport and subsistence fisheries:

In Alexi Creek and all waters within 150 yards of its confluence with Newhalen River.

The waters of Sixmile Lake and one-quarter mile downstream of Sixmile Lake in the Newhalen River and the lower one-quarter mile of the Tazimina River.

All waters within one-half-mile of the confluence of Gibraltar River with Lake Iliamna.

The waters of Kvichak River between ADF&G regulatory markers posted adjacent to the community of Igiugig.

On July 14, 2018, in all waters of the Kvichak River/Lake Iliamna drainage the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits were restored from two fish to five fish. In addition, the four areas previously closed to sport fishing for sockeye salmon were reopened.

Alagnak River

The sockeye salmon escapement exceeded the lower bound SEG of 320,000 fish with an estimate of 1.6 million salmon.

Management Actions

On July 19, 2018, in all waters of the Alagnak River drainage the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits increased from five fish to ten fish.

Nushagak-Mulchatna River

The sockeye salmon escapement exceeded the SEG range of 370,000 to 900,000 fish with an estimate of 1.2 million salmon.

Management Actions

On July 17, 2018, in all waters of the Nushagak-Mulchatna River drainage, excluding the Wood River drainage the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits were increased from five to ten fish.

Wood River

The sockeye salmon escapement exceeded the SEG range of 700,000 to 1.8 million fish with an estimate of 7.5 million salmon.

Management Actions

On July 4, 2018, the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits were increased from five to ten fish, in all waters of the Wood River drainage.

Coho Salmon

Naknek River

Based on reports from anglers and guides, inriver abundance of coho salmon was good for the duration of the run from late July through early September and effort appeared to be near average.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2018 sport fishery.

Nushagak-Mulchatna River

The preliminary estimate of coho salmon passing the Portage Creek sonar was 111,455 salmon. Coho salmon are managed to achieve an inriver return of 70,000 to 130,000 fish, to provide for 60,000 to 120,000 spawning salmon.

Commercial, sport, and subsistence catch information also indicated a relatively strong return during 2018. Approximately 74,000 coho salmon were harvested in the commercial fishery. Harvest estimates for the sport and subsistence fisheries are not available; however, angler, guide, and subsistence user reports suggest an average to above average harvest in the sport and subsistence fisheries.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2018 sport fishery.

Togiak River

Based on reports from anglers and guides, inriver abundance was very good to excellent for the duration of the run from early August through early September and effort appeared to be near average.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2018 sport fishery.

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