Yukon Chums Plentiful, But Kings Scarce On Yukon River

Jun 25, 2018

Chum salmon swimming
Credit Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Commercial fishing for summer chum salmon continues on the Yukon River with commercial openings for dip nets and beach seines in both Districts 1 and 2. The gear is designed to let as many kings swim by as possible. There is also restricted subsistence fishing this summer. 

In District 1 there are five 12-hour openings scheduled this week: Monday, June 25; Tuesday, June 26;  Wednesday, June 27; Thursday, June 28; and Saturday, June 30. They each begin at noon and run until midnight.

There is an 18-hour subsistence gillnet fishery scheduled for District 1 on Friday, June 29 at 2 p.m. It closes at 8 a.m. on June 30.

In District 2 there are six 12-hour commercial chum openings scheduled. One on Tuesday, June 26 followed by others on Wednesday, June 27; Thursday, June 28; Friday, June 29; Saturday, June 30; and Sunday, July 1. Each commercial chum opening begins at noon and closes at midnight.

There are two 18-hour subsistence gillnet fishing openings scheduled for District 2. One begins on Monday, June 25 at 2 p.m. and closes Tuesday, June 26 at 8 p.m. The second is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. next Monday, July 1 and close July 2 at 8 p.m.

Kings caught in the commercial chum fisheries must be released live and recorded on fish tickets.