Kuskokwim Federal Waters Opening To Gillnets For 12 Hours On June 24

Jun 22, 2018

A gillnet soaks in the Kuskokwim River during a subsistence fishing opener on June 12, 2018.
Credit Katie Basile / KYUK

Federal waters of the Kuskokwim River will open to gillnets on Sunday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from the mouth of the Kuskokwim River upstream to Aniak.

Drift and set nets are limited to 6-inch or less mesh and no more than 45 meshes in depth. Nets lengths are limited to 50 fathoms, or 300 feet, from the Kuskokwim River mouth to the Johnson River and 25 fathoms, or 150 feet, from the Johnson River to Aniak.

Also beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, the Kuskokwim River from the bluffs below Lower Kalskag upstream to Aniak will open to gillnets 24/7 until further notice.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that 12,000 king salmon have been harvested from the Kuskokwim River this season. They have allotted 16,000 kings for subsistence harvest in consultation with the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.