salmon sport fishery on one Kodiak Island river is set to be closed completely
this year, and severely restricted on another.
River, which has not achieved its minimum escapement goals since 2005, will be
closed to all king sportsfishing throughout its drainage. Last year, 1,308
kings returned to the system, which was more than 2008, but still well below
the 10-year high of over 7,000 in 2004. The lower end of the target range this
year is 3,600.
on the nearby Ayakulik River, anglers can fish for kings,
but it will be catch-and-release only from the beginning of the season.
Escapement goals have not been reached on the Ayakulik the last two years. Last
year the return was 2,615 king salmon. The 10-year high also occurred in 2004,
when nearly 25,000 fish returned to the river system. The lower end of the
escapement goal this year is 4,800.