Tuesday Morning Opening for 6″ Gillnets from Johnson River to Tuluksak

by Ben Matheson on June 22, 2014

Bethel Test Fishery early season catch. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel Test Fishery early season catch. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The first four hour driftnet opening from the Johnson River to Tuluksak will be Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fishers targeting chum and red salmon will be limited to 6 inch mesh, no longer than 25 fathoms. If fishermen use a longer net, the excess webbing must be tied up or in a bag secured in the boat.

And from the Johnson River to the southern tip of Eek Island, there will be an eight hour period beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday and lasting until 4:00 p.m. Fishermen can use 50 fathom nets of 6 inch mesh or less.

The full release is available here.

Managers say Friday evening’s 4 hour opener on the lower river brought out approximately 198 boats. They estimate that of 11,000 salmon caught, about 670 were king salmon. With an early Chinook run, they expect the majority of kings to have moved past Bethel by sometime this week.

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