Bill Webber of Cordova greets a first Copper River red aboard his F/V Paradigm Shift.



Managers are set to announce any day when  the famous Copper River fishery near Cordova will open for sockeyes and kings, signaling the official  start of Alaska’s 2021 salmon season.

Alaska’s biggest herring fishery at Togiak kicked off on May 3 with two buyers and about a dozen boats on the grounds. They have a roughly 85 million pound quota, the largest since 1993. (42,639 tons).

Herring fishing continued around Kodiak for a nearly 16 million pound catch, the largest ever.

Sitka’s roe herring fishery produced less than half of its 67 million pound quota by 18 of 47 permit holders.

A small bait herring fishery is ongoing through May at Cook for 150 tons  and a 200 ton smelt fishery opened this month and will run through June.

Southeast’s  summer pot shrimp fishery opens on May 15 with a combined take of about 40,000 pounds. Southeast divers are still going down for their half-a million pound Geoduck clam quota. And a ling cod fishery opens on May 16 .

A ten day pot shrimp reopens at Prince William Sound on May 10 with nearly 60 boats vying for a 70,000 pound catch.

Kodiak’s Dungeness fishery opened on May 1. Last year’s catch of nearly 3 million pounds was the best in three decades.  So far a fleet of about 15 boats is dropping pots around Kodiak, Chignik and the Alaska Peninsula.

Crabbers out in the Bering Sea are pulling up the last of their 40.5 million pound snow crab quota.

Likewise for Bering Sea Tanners and golden king crab.

Alaska’s halibut catch is nearing three million pounds with Seward, Juneau and Homer the leading ports for landings. Alaska halibut fishermen have a nearly 20 million pound catch limit this year.

Black cod catches have topped seven million pounds, most going to Sitka, Seward and Kodiak. That fishing limit is 40.5 million pounds.

And fishing continues as usual for a huge mix of Alaska pollock, cod, flounders and more.