Well, I seem to be making up for my lack of posts today… Our local ADF&G biologist just stopped in to give me the bad news… As of Sunday morning July 1st, retention of sockeye on the Situk River System will be prohibited until further notice.
23% of the run should be in the river and already counted by the 28th of June. We only have 1,678 as of today. Barring a miracle, we will not be coming even close to the minimum escapement goal.
Commercial fishing on the Situk/Ahrnklin Inlet is also closed until further notice. The news release says, “ADF&G will continue to closely monitor sockeye salmon returns and TAKE ADDITIONAL ACTIONS as necessary.” I can’t imagine what more they can do than closing sport retention and commercial fishing. Subsistence for local rural Alaska residents will still be allowed for the time being.
Retention is closed. Catch-and-release is still legal, so if you aren’t looking to fill your freezer, this can still be a fun time to be on the water. Especially since most of the visitors will be thinking about cancelling their trips, leaving the river vacant to other anglers. Also, there were decent fish in the Akwe when I flew over. I didn’t really look hard in the East River other than for kings at the mouth, so I don’t know what is happening there. But this closure only effects the Situk and not Italio, Akwe, East and any other rivers in the area.
Here is the press release: