Alaska’s 2019 salmon season will officially open on Thursday, May 16 with a 12 hour opener for sockeyes and king salmon at Copper River. The 500 plus drift fleet is hoping to catch just under 800-thousand reds and 31-thousand king salmon this summer.
Salmon openers in other Alaska fishing regions will quickly follow.
Trollers in Southeast began targeting spring king salmon in various regions starting May 1.
Some Southeast areas opened to beam trawlers for side stripe and pink shrimp on May 1 and a pot shrimp fishery opens on May 15 with a catch of 39,500 pounds.
Two areas remain open to golden king crab with little effort, and divers continue going down for geoduck clams.
There’s lots of fishing action at Prince William Sound – A second opener for pot shrimp closes on May 7. A fleet of nearly 70 boats competed for a catch of 68,100 pounds of the popular spot shrimp.
A sablefish season is underway in the Sound with a 134,000 pound target.
The recent Tanner crab fishery in Prince William Sound produced nearly 125,000 pounds for 14 fishermen who got $3.30 a pound.
A one day a week bait herring fishery is open at Upper Cook through May 31, and a small smelt fishery opened in the region on May 1.
Clammers also are busy at Alaska’s only razor clam fishery at west side Cook Inlet beaches with a 400,000 pound limit.
Kodiak’s herring fishery got underway in mid-April with a harvest set at just over 1,400 tons.
Togiak’s herring fishery closed May 3 with a record catch for seiners topping 23,060 tons.
Norton Sound’s winter red king crab fishery closed April 30 with a low 3,500 pound catch. A summer fishery will open in late June with a total quota of 147,000 pounds.
Halibut landings have crept up to about 4 million pounds and 6 million for sablefish.
And fisheries for cod, pollock, flounders and other whitefish and more are ongoing throughout the Gulf and Bering Sea.