Commercial fishing for chum salmon continues this week on the Yukon River. The opening in District 1 closed today, June 19, but will open back up 12 hours later for more commercial dipnet fishing. The opening in District 1 will begin at one minute after midnight on Wednesday and run for 58 hours until it closes at 10 a.m. on Friday.
In District 2, farther up the Yukon, commercial chum fishing is open for 12-hour periods on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then again on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The openings run from noon to midnight each day. Fishermen must have a confirmed buyer before fishing and all king salmon caught during these openings must be released alive immediately and recorded on fish tickets.
Subsistence fishing in Districts 1 and 2 of the Yukon River is continuing at a reduced regulatory schedule. Seven-and-a-half-inch mesh size or less gillnets are authorized for two 18-hour subsistence openings per week in both districts.
In District 1 of the Yukon, subsistence fishing opens Friday at 2 p.m. and closes at 8 a.m. on Saturday. In District 2, subsistence fishing opened on Monday at 2 p.m. and closed Tuesday at 8 a.m. The second subsistence opening begins Thursday at 2 p.m. and closes at 8 a.m. on Friday.
For more information, you can call the toll free fishing schedule hotline at 866-479-7387