It’s been another fairly wet summer, but hopefully that bum weather is behind us. Here is a rainbow seen from Napaimute last evening. Remember – you’ve got to have the rain before the rainbow!
Here are the BTF results as of July 15 for kings, sockeye and chum (Only from July 2nd on)
Those three species are certainly winding down, but note the bump in chums on July 11th and another on the 14th.
Here are two different ways of looking at the king abundance and why the Fish & Game believes that a commercial opening targeting sockeye and chums will incidentally take a relatively small number of kings.
One must keep in mind, however, that 8″ gear is not being used now in the Bethel Test Fishery because it is not very effective at catching chums and sockeye – which heavily predominate the run.
Subsistence fishermen in Section 5 from Sleetmute upriver are now allowed to use rod and reel for subsistence fishing for kings, with a daily bag limit of 3 per person.
Many villages from Akiachak to Napaimute are done fishing for now, with most fishers awaiting the return of the silvers to supplement their winter supply of fish.
As noted earlier – hopefully the bum weather is behind us and we see a strong run of silvers. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed.
Before we know it, birds like this one will be heading south for the winter.