The rain brought the river up (holding at 585 CFS right now) and all those fish that were stuck below the weir pushed. 4,225 went through, but unfortunately it doesn’t sound like there are any fish coming up behind them to replace ’em. And more bad news from Fish and Game:
News Release: Situk, Lost and Ahrnklin Rivers Closed to Sport Fishing for Sockeye and Closed Area Below Situk River Weir Expanded
From July 12th to August 15th, sockeye salmon may not be targeted, retained, or possessed in the Situk, Lost, or Ahrnklin Rivers; Sockeye salmon caught incidentally while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
(Translation: You can still fish for dollies and rainbows, along with any early humpies that may show up, but you can not deliberately target sockeye (or kings) anywhere in the Situk, Lost and Ahrnklin River Systems.)
Back to the News Release: Additionally, sport fishing is not allowed between regulatory markers located approximately 300 feet upstream of the Situk River weir (river mile 1.8) to markers approximately 2,100 feet downstream of the weir. This portion of the river encompasses the entire “Rodeo Hole”.
(Translation: The area around the weir to 100 yards above and below is always closed to fishing when the weir is in operation. They just expanded the downstream closure to include the entire Rodeo Hole. No fishing allowed period. It remains open for the targeting of dollies, rainbows and humpies below the Rodeo Hole. But you can not target kings, or sockeye at all anywhere in the system.)
Total count as of yesterday for sockeye is 9,489. Year-to-date last year was above 52,000. Yesterday was a good push and it came after the Emergency Order was issued. If fish continue to move in like yesterday, then we could see a reopening. In the meantime… ADF&G does not expect us to reach the minimum escapement goals for sockeye and kings this year. If we don’t start seeing multiple day counts above 4,000 fish, you can essentially write off this year.
Here is the Emergency Order in PDF: 20_E0-01-RS-H-20-18(F)1
And just in case we have all forgotten what sockeye look like: