No Commercial Salmon Openings Through The Weekend

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has not announced a commercial fishing period for today nor will one occur over the next two days.

Although the Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group did not have a quorum, many people, especially in the middle and upper river did not feel one was justified at this time (the Dept. had considered having one today – Friday); especially since so many sacrificed to get as many king salmon as possible up to the spawning grounds.

Although the catch-per-unit effort for king salmon in the Bethel Test Fishery has mostly been in the single digits, some kings would have been incidentally caught.

Middle River folks also expressed their concerns that the chums are not doing as well as the Bethel Test Fishery has indicated.  Some fishers are catching good numbers of chums per drift, others are not.

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