State Managers Extend Dipnet Fishery and Fish Wheel Usage Upriver

by Ben Matheson on June 16, 2014

Dipnets for sale in Bethel. Photo by Charles Enoch, KYUK.

Dipnets for sale in Bethel. Photo by Charles Enoch, KYUK.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is extending the dipnet fishery upriver. Dipnetting for chum and sockeye salmon from Aniak to the headwaters from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. begins Thursday, June 19. Any Chinook salmon caught in a dip net must be returned to the water unharmed.

The state is also opening for fishwheels in state waters above Aniak, beginning 9:00 a.m. Thursday, June 19. The fishwheels are required to have a live box with no less than 45 cubic feet of water, and must be checked at least every 6 hours.

All Chinook salmon must be returned to the water alive. Hook and line fishing for Chinook salmon remains closed. More information is available from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at 543-2433. The full release is here.

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