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Low Kings, Late Chum and Sockeye: How Kuskokwim Salmon Runs Look So Far This Season

Jul 10, 2020

Credit Katie Basile

On the Kuskokwim River, king salmon are running low and late, and have mostly passed through the lower river. It’s possible that they won’t meet the state’s escapement goals. Meanwhile, chum and sockeye are also running late. Both are tracking with last year’s run, and are beginning to pick up in the lower river. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Kuskokwim fishery biologist Nick Smith shares more about how the salmon runs look on the Kuskokwim River and throughout Western Alaska.