Kodiak Buskin River closure to coho fishing

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The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Buskin River closed to coho salmon fishing

(Kodiak) – In an effort to meet escapement goals, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is closing the Buskin River drainage to effective sport fishing for coho salmon
12:01 a.m. Thursday, September 22 to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2022. Sport fishing for coho salmon on the Buskin River is closed and any coho salmon incidentally caught while fishing for other species cannot be removed from the water and should be released immediately.

“The Buskin River coho salmon stock has had a very low number of weirs so far and it’s only recently that coho salmon have entered the river in large numbers,” said Tyler Polum, lead biologist. of area management. “Even with about 1,000 coho salmon in the river below the weir, the run is still not on track to meet the escapement goal. If conditions change and it appears that the escapement goal will be met, we will reconsider reopening the coho salmon fishery. »

As of September 19, 2022, 981 coho salmon have crossed the Buskin River weir. The escapement goal for coho salmon in the Buskin River is 4,700 to 9,600 fish. Based on the historical run schedule, approximately 60% of the run has occurred and the run is currently not expected to meet the escapement target. Therefore, it is justified to close the sport fishery for coho salmon in an attempt to meet the escapement objective.

For more information, please contact the Division of Sport Fish Kodiak office at
(907) 486-1880.

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