Although the King Salmon run size on the Yukon River is below average, it’s better than last year.
The average contemporary King run size on the Yukon is 175,000. For the last three years, King runs have been lower than average. Fish and Game’s Eric Newland says although this summer’s numbers are still below average, the current run is better than last year.
“We’ve got our passage past pilot right now that’s almost 113,000 Kings,” Newland says. “So we’ll see a few more trickle in as the run tails off but I imagine we’ll be in the total run of 120 or something.”
Last year’s King run was around 107,000.
Newland also says they’re on track to have the best summer Chum commercial harvest in the past 20 years. The harvest is currently around 318,000.
He’s also optimistic about Canadian escapement goals—a range between 42,500-55,000 Kings.
“The first few fish passed Eagle Sonar at the border,” Newland says. “And it’s kind of too early to give solid projections as to what we’re going to see there but I think we’re optimistic that we have a pretty good group of Kings that are headed towards the border.”
The Department of Fish and Game will have concrete escapement numbers by the end of next week.