There’s lots of salmon fishing left to go but right now, except for strong showings of pink salmon at the Alaska Peninsula and sockeyes at Bristol Bay, on and off catches range from lackluster to well below average in most other regions.
The fleet is slamming the reds at Bristol Bay where five million sockeyes were taken over the weekend bringing the Bay total by Monday to over 22 million, nearly half of the total statewide catch.
Southeast’s summer king salmon fishery reopened for trollers on July 1 and can run through September. The estimated number of treaty Chinook salmon remaining to be harvested is approximately 79,600 fish.
More salmon fisheries at the Panhandle are just ramping up but it’s really slow going so far.
Not so at Norton Sound where pinks and reds are showing up strong.
Kotzebue’s salmon fishery opens July 10.
Alaska’s total salmon catch through Monday was nearing 46 million fish.
Shrimping for pink and sidestripes began again in Southeast on July 1 for over half a million pounds in a second opener.
Southeast’s Dungeness crab fishery is one of the best ever. Managers believe the year’s summer and fall fisheries could produce nearly seven million pounds. The dungies were fetching $3.05 a pound for 169 crabbers.
Kodiak has a small Dungeness fishery with nine boats this year. That fishery produced 640,000 pounds in 2018.
The Aleutian Islands Golden king crab fishery opens July 15 with a harvest topping 7 million pounds.
The year’s first red king crab is underway at Norton Sound with a 147,300 pound catch limit.
Scallops opened July 1 from Yakutat to the Bering Sea with a 267,000 pound harvest.
A July food and bait herring fishery at Unalaska and Akutan was extended through the 9th. That catch is 2,027 tons.
A lingcod fishery opened July 1 at Prince William Sound with a 32,600 pound limit.
Nearly half of Alaska’s nearly 18 million pound catch limit has been taken so far. For sablefish, 44 percent of the 26 million pound quota has crossed the docks. Both fisheries close in early November.
And as always, fishing continues across Alaska for pollock, cod, flounders, rockfish and more.