For the Buskin, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game increased the daily fish limits of 20-inch or longer sockeye salmon caught to five fish per day, with five allowed in possession, beginning today, June 12, at 12:01 a.m.
Catches of sockeye salmon less than 20 inches remain at the current limit of 10 fish per day with 10 in possession.
For the Ayakulik, 10 sockeye greater than 20 inches can be caught with 10 allowed in possession.
Both limits are in effect as of this morning, June 12, at 12:01 a.m., and will remain in effect for the rest of the season, according to sport fish management biologist Donn Tracy.
Press releases for both areas said counts of salmon escaped through the weir have reached close to the number required for the year to sustain the run, which has allowed ADF&G to increase the bag limit.
ADF&G expects the final counts to exceed the escapement goals before the end of the season, based on historical timing of the run.
“Hopefully, this bag limit increase will provide anglers with some opportunities so that more of this surplus fish can be harvested,” Tracy said.
For the Buskin, the escapement goal is 5,000 to 8,000 fish and was at 4,260 on Monday, June 9. For the Ayakulik, the escapement goal is 140,000 to 280,000 and was at 96,893 as of Sunday, June 8.
The Buskin River is about four miles outside of Kodiak and can be accessed from Rezanof Drive, near the Kodiak airport. The Ayakulik River is on the southwestern side of the island, and can only be accessed by plane.
Those interested in fishing either river need to have a current sport fishing license, which can be purchased online at adfg.alaska.gov/store.
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