season is winding down in Kodiak Island waters, but the salmon keep coming in. The
catch on September 1st brought the season's total harvest to 11
Department of Fish and Game reports nearly 9-million of those are pink salmon,
with about a third coming from the Karluk, Northwest Kodiak and Southwest
Afognak district, another third from the Duck, Izhut and Kitoi bays, and the
rest scattered throughout the Kodiak Management Area.
harvest is 1.4-million, with a third coming from the west side.
700,000 chum salmon have been caught, and over 200,000 silvers, as well. A few
kings are still trickling in, with the season total about 12,600.
numbers through Wednesday show a good return of humpies to the Karluk River.
The nearly 1.3-million pinks that have gone past the weir is the third-best in
the past decade through September 1st. Almost 46,000 pinks have
escaped at Litnik, second only to 2002 to-date in the past 10 years.
to the Buskin River continues to disappoint, however, with only 11,434 past the
weir, by far the lowest to-date in this decade. The previous low through
September 1st was 41,554 in 2002. The escapement was as high as
218,000 in 2005, and was nearly 83,000 just last year.
salmon openings were announced today (yesterday) for noon. A 78-hour opening
went into effect for the Outer Ayakulik section, the Outer Kukak Bay, Hallo Bay
and Big River sections, and the Afognak District, except for the Southwest
Afognak and Inner Kitoi Bay sections, which will remain closed. The Duck, Izhut
and Outer Kitoi bays remain open until further notice. A 30-hour opening was
announced for the Inner Kukak Bay section.
Call fish and game or check their
website for full details of openings and closings.