It has been raining all day and the river is near getting blown out. Probably past that point for sockeye. Not pleasant for the people here right now, but the river has been so very low, this rain could help attract some sockeye into the system. Just about 200 fish through the weir yesterday and one day this weekend saw just a single fish counted. But there are quite a few fish in the lower river that have seemed to be stuck there with no drive to push them above the weir. That brings us to only 5,200ish total so far. A far cry from the 40,000 we should have by now.
I spent some time going through ALL the ADG&G rivers to see how they are doing. Since the Situk is one of the lower rivers, we tend to be a little later than farther north/west. Some of the rivers are looking very promising, some not-so-promising. The Copper River count indeed was more than 200,000 fish behind last year. That deficit has shrunk to about 90,000 now, so they have been making up a lot of ground the past couple weeks. Copper is really the next river up the coast, so should give us an indication whether there are fish coming this way. Some of the other rivers are downright dismal though, but one stream was well ahead of last season this date too. Kind of a mixed bag of encouragement/discouragement.
Wish I had better news, but this is our reality right now. The whole town will be struggling financially this coming winter unless something changes soon.