King Salmon

This Week in Bycatch - August 20

Aug 21, 2019
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***CORRECTION:  A previous version of this piece overstated the amount of king salmon caught as bycatch to date in 2019.  The correct number is twenty-nine thousand five hundred thirty two.  KBBI regrets the error***

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Pink, chum and sockeye salmon have been doing really well over the past few decades. A new study published in Marine and Coastal Fisheries finds in the North Pacific, those species’ abundance levels have been peaking over the past 25 years. But more salmon can be a bad thing. Evidence suggests that more pinks, chums and sockeye are contributing to declining king salmon stocks.

Greg Ruggerone is a scientist with Natural Resources Consultants INC., and he’s been studying levels of salmon in the North Pacific.

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King salmon fishing in the upper Cook Inlet this summer is not looking fruitful. The Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order earlier this week leading to closers for king fishing in the upper Cook Inlet and in Mat-Su rivers.

But the forecast for kings on the Anchor and Ninilchik rivers are looking pretty good. Matt Miller is the Regional Fisheries Management Coordinator for Cook Inlet.  


Every good fish story seems to be based in the past, and as most fishermen will tell you, the fish were bigger way back when. But in the case of chinook, or king salmon, that actually seems to be the case. At the turn of the twentieth century, you can find photographs of fishermen holding up massive king salmon, now, not so much. But a recent study published in Wiley Online Library may have an idea as to why kings up and down the West Coast are shrinking.

ADF&G Announces Kenai King Salmon Restrictions

Feb 19, 2016
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King salmon that run through the Kenai and Kasilof rivers continue their trend of expected low returns, so the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced restrictions to try and meet escapement goals for spawning.

Thursday the Department said on the Kenai River, king fishing will be restricted during the early run, from May 1st through June 30th.