July 4th River Wide Drift Fishing Opening Announced

2015 Kuskokwim River Salmon Fishery News Release #10
Emergency Order #3-S-WR-12-15, 3-S-WR-13-15

This is an announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Bethel for subsistence fishermen in the Kuskokwim Area.

Subsistence salmon fishing with gillnets will be allowed in the Kuskokwim River as specified:

  • From the Johnson River to the Yukon Delta NWR boundary at the mouth of the Kuskokwim River; with 6-inch or less mesh gillnets, 45 meshes deep, and not to exceed 50 fathoms in length from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 4, 2015.
  • From the Johnson River to Tuluksak; with 6-inch or less mesh gillnets, 45 meshes deep, and not to exceed 25 fathoms in length from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 4, 2015.
  • From Tuluksak to the Holitna River; with 6-inch or less mesh gillnets, 45 meshes deep, and not to exceed 25 fathoms in length from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 4, 2015.
  • From the Holitna River to Headwaters of the Kuskokwim River; with 6-inch or less mesh gillnets, 45 meshes deep, and not to exceed 25 fathoms in length, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 4, 2015.
  • In addition, the Kuskokwim River and its tributaries, from the Holitna River to the Headwaters of the Kuskokwim River, will be open to subsistence fishing with a hook and line for Chinook salmon at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 4, until further notice. The Chinook salmon limit for this hook and line opportunity will be 3 fish per day, 6 in possession.

As Previously Announced

Subsistence fishing with gillnets is closed in the following tributaries:

  • The Kwethluk River drainage including its confluence with Kuskokuak Slough and downstream to ADF&G regulatory markers located at the downstream mouth of the slough.
  • The Kasigluk and Kisaralik river drainages including Old Kuskokuak Slough to ADF&G regulatory markers at the confluence of Old Kuskokuak Slough with Kuskokuak Slough.
  • The Tuluksak River drainage including its confluence with the Kuskokwim River and downstream approximately 1-mile to ADF&G regulatory markers.
  • The Aniak River drainage to ADF&G regulatory markers at its confluence with the Kuskokwim River.

Subsistence fishing with hook and line for Chinook salmon remains closed until further notice, except as specified above. Any Chinook salmon caught by hook and line must be returned alive to the water.

Subsistence fishing for salmon with dip nets is currently only allowed upstream of the Yukon Delta NWR boundary at Aniak until further notice. Any Chinook salmon caught in a dip net must be returned immediately to the water alive.

Subsistence fishing with fish wheels is currently allowed until further notice. Fish wheels are required to have a live box with no less than 45 cubic feet of water, must be checked at least every 6 hours. Fish wheels can be equipped with a chute and must be closely attended while in operation. All Chinook salmon must be returned alive to the water.

See attached Emergency Order for more detail: 560486239 (1)

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