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Kuskokwim River Fishing Opportunities

May 29, 2019

Kuskokwim River subsistence users contend with fishing challenges during a season of high water in 2018.
Credit Katie Basile / KYUK

Fishing opportunities from Yukon Delta NWR boundary at Kuskokwim River mouth to ½ mile above Tuluksak River:

  • May 28:  Fishing closed to non-Federally qualified subsistence users
  • May 28 - May 31, 2019: Gill net drift and set net fishing is open with 6-inch or less gillnets for federally qualified subsistence users
  • June 1 - June 11, 2019: Openers are to be determined, Refuge will match State of Alaska 4-inch openers with a 6-inch opener. Estimated openers are for 1 or 2 during this time
  • June 1, 2019 (time to be announced by Alaska Department of Fish and Game): 12-hour set-net fishing with 6-inch or less gillnets
  • June 12, 15, and 19, 2019 (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.):  Fishing is open with 6” mesh or less. 150 feet in length above Johnson River, 300 feet or less below the Johnson River
  • June 20: Openers to be determined

Note: When using 6-inch or smaller mesh gillnets, depth may not exceed 45 meshes deep. If using greater than 6-inch mesh gillnets, depth may not exceed 35 meshes deep. Also, net length may not exceed 50 fathoms (300 feet).

Fishing opportunities from ½ mile above Tuluksak River to Yukon Delta NWR boundary above Aniak:

  • May 28:  Fishing will be closed to non-Federally qualified subsistence users;
  • May 28 - May 31, 2019: Fishing is open. No restrictions;
  • June 1 - June 11, 2019: Openers are to be determined. Refuge will match State of Alaska 4-inch openers with a 6-inch opener. Estimated openers are for 1 or 2 during this time;
  • June 12, 15, and 19, 2019 (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.):  Fishing is open.
  • June 20 on: Openers to be determined.

Note: When using - inch or smaller mesh gillnet, depth may not be more than 45 meshes deep. If using greater than 6-inch mesh gillnets, depth may not exceed 35 meshes deep.  Also, net length may not exceed 50 fathoms (300 feet).

Yukon Delta Refuge boundary near Aniak to the ADF&G regulatory markers near the Holitna River mouth:

  • June 6, 2019:  Subsistence fishing with gillnets will be closed until further notice;
  • June 7 on:  Opener to be determined.

Upstream of the ADF&G regulatory markers located near the Holitna River mouth to the headwaters of the Kuskokwim River.

  • June 11, 2019:  Subsistence fishing with gillnets will be closed until further notice;
  • June 7 on:  Opener to be determined.