More Commercial Fishing on Kuskokwim and Kuskokwim Bay

by Ben Matheson on August 18, 2014

Fishers line up to unload their fish at tender, Kelly-Mae near Napaskiak on Friday, July 18th during a six-hour commercial opening for chum salmon. - Photo by Sophie Evan

Fishers line up to unload their fish at tender, Kelly-Mae near Napaskiak on Friday, July 18th during a six-hour commercial opening for chum salmon. – Photo by Sophie Evan

Commercial fishing is open Monday, August 18th, on the Kuskokwim river. The lowest section opening runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The waters from 15 miles below the Johnson up to Bethel is open from noon to 6.

From 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, subsistence fishing is closed below Bethel.

The Department of Fish and Game estimates, based on historic data, that more than 80 percent of the silver salmon run has past Bethel. They say the return is tracking above average at the Bethel test fishery.

In Kuskokwim Bay, the Goodnews Bay and Quinhagak Districts are open for commercial fishing from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.

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