area salmon catch passed the half-million mark over the weekend, reaching
617,460 on Independence Day. According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game
figures, over 100,000 fish - mostly reds and chum were caught last week.
for red salmon through Sunday was 434,560 fish, with 159,860 chum caught
through that same time period. Pink salmon continue to trickle in, with 21,176
caught. Kings stand at 1,753, with 111 early silvers harvested through the 4th.
and Wide Bay on the mainland side of the Shelikof Strait is by far the most
productive sockeye area for fishermen so far this summer, with a harvest
through Sunday of 177,121, accounting for over 40-percent of the red catch. Fishermen
in the Duck, Izhut and Kitoi Bay area have taken almost 82 percent of the chum
salmon caught through Sunday, some 130,544.
sockeye escapement has been running
close to the to-date numbers from recent years, though there are some that are
doing better. The Chignik River weir count, at around 428,000 reds, is better
than it has been through July 3rd since 2001. The Litnik sockeye
escapement is almost double a year ago, and higher than it's been in a decade.
Systems lagging behind last year's sockeye escapement numbers include Saltery
Creek, Frazer Lake, and Dog Salmon Creek.
fishing changes fast this time of year, and in-season adjustments to fishing
areas and times are updated regularly on Fish and Game's 24-hour record-a-phone
at 486-4559. Announcements can also be found on the department's web site.