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King salmon
Craig Springer, UFWS / Flickr Creative Commons

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced a subsistence fishing opening for the Kuskokwim River. The opening begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7 and lasts until further notice. Gillnets must be six-inch mesh or less and no longer than 50 fathoms in length.

King salmon
Craig Springer, UFWS / Flickr Creative Commons

U.S. Fish and Wildlife has announced a 72-hour opening for chinook and chum salmon harvests for federally qualified subsistence users beginning at 12:01 p.m., noon, Wednesday.

Building Bridges: USFWS Reaches Out To Kuskokwim Youth

Jun 23, 2016
Department of the Interier

With the start of the fishing season comes the end of a series of youth workshops in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

The goal of the workshops is to teach rural Alaskan children to better understand wildlife management. Crystal Leonetti, Native Liaison for the Service, says the workshops seek to overcome a longstanding divide between managers and residents. KYUK’s Adrian Wagner spoke with Leonetti after one such workshop in Kwethluk.

Salmon Run: Where We Are

Jun 23, 2016
Photo courtesy of the Division of Natural Resources

With the opening of fishing on the Kuskokwim River, many are wondering how this years salmon run is shaping up and what to expect throughout the fishing season. KYUK’s Adrian Wagner spoke with US Wildlife Refuge Manager, Ray Born to find out.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife has announced an opening for chinook and chum salmon for federally qualified subsistence users beginning at noon Tuesday June 21.

USFWS

Update: This story has been updated with information about ADFG's opening.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a 24-hour opening on the main channel of the Kuskokwim River for chinook and chum salmon by federally qualified subsistence users.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Managers scheduled openings for subsistence fishing in the Kuskokwim, the first scheduled targeted king salmon opener this year. Please note that different sections of the river may be under different schedules.

Charles Enoch / KYUK

Fish managers on the Kuskokwim are indicating there could be a subsistence salmon fishing opener as early this Sunday, but they’re waiting to make an official announcement.

The comment was made by US Fish and Wildlife Refuge Manager Ray Born during a KYUK call in show.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

As a result of returning numbers, managers say subsistence fishermen in the Kuskokwim Bay around Quinhagak and Goodnews are now able to fish for king salmon UNRESTRICTED.

State managers say two out of three river areas in the Kuskokwim Bay met their escapement goals for king salmon last year, surveyor’s counted more kings than in previous years.

Kuskokwim River Salmon Managment Working Group has recommended further openers for subsistence fishing starting as early as June 12th. KYUK's Adrian Wagner sat down with the Area Biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Aaron Potter, and talked through that proposal. 

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