Federal & State Management: Kuskokwim Regulations Can Be Confusing – Here They Are Simplified

At this time, the US Fish & Wildlife Service is managing the river from the mouth up to Aniak and the Department of Fish & Game is managing from Aniak upstream.

The only means of fishing in the Kuskokwim River from the river’s mouth up to Tuluksak (actually ½ mile upstream of Tuluksak at ADF&G regulatory markers) is a set net with mesh of 4” or smaller that is not longer than 60 feet and 45 meshes deep (no drifting is allowed).  Fishing for whitefish, grayling, Dolly Varden and sheefish with a rod and reel is allowed, but you can’t try and catch king salmon.

You can fish with any normal fishing gear from ½ mile above Tuluksak to the mouth of the Aniak River until May 26, but beginning on the 27th only set nets with a mesh of 4” or smaller that are no longer than 60 feet and 45 meshes deep will be allowed (drifting with any size net will not be allowed).  Fishing for whitefish, grayling, Dolly Varden and sheefish with a rod and reel is allowed, but you cannot try and catch king salmon.

Fishing above Aniak is currently open for all normal types of gear, but regulations will likely be implemented in the coming weeks to protect kings – so watch for News Releases by the Department of Fish & Game.

Dip nets will be allowed at a later time around mid-June as designated by the Fish & Wildlife Service and Fish & Game.

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