Longer Subsistence Openings On Yukon

Jul 2, 2019

Credit KYUK

With more king salmon swimming up the Yukon River, managers are increasing the fishing opportunities. With kings still entering the Yukon, biologists now say that the run seems stronger than last summer's, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has scheduled more subsistence salmon fishing in District 3.

State ADF&G Managers announced on July 2 that the subsistence salmon opening scheduled for 2.p.m. on July 3 will not end Thursday morning as originally planned, but will continue until 8 a.m. on July 5, making the total subsistence opening 38 hours long. 

Managers plan to put in place a regular schedule of two 36-hour openings a week starting Sundays at 8 p.m, and closing the following Tuesdays at 8 a.m. The second fishing period will begin at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, ending at 8 a.m. on Fridays. These regular 36-hour subsistence openings begin Sunday, July 7. 

Upriver in District 4, including the Anvik area of the Yukon, the plan is for two 48-hour subsistence fishing periods per week. The first period will open on Sundays and close the following Tuesdays. The second period will open on Wednesdays and close Fridays. 

The first two-day openings in District 4 of the Yukon River will begin Sunday, July 7 at 6 p.m. and close at 6 p.m. the following Tuesday. The second opening in District 4 will open Wednesday, July 10 at 6 p.m. and close on Friday at 6 p.m.