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Salmon season in full swing, fishing updates (includes corrected troll Chinook information)
July 8, 2016

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Salmon fishing is in full swing across Alaska with catches so far topping 23 million fish.  Ten million of that-mostly sockeyes-are from Bristol Bay where the 2 billionth fish was taken this week since  the fishery began in 1884.  The reds are said to be a bit heftier than last year; other regions report larger fish as well.  You can now track daily salmon catches at Bristol Bay and other regions.

Sockeye catches at the North Peninsula are so strong, the fleet has been put on limits.

Chum catches are adding up at the Lower Yukon.

Southeast trollers wrapped up their summer Chinook fishery on July 5th
in just five days.  Fish tickets are still being counted and the catch so far is estimated at about 80,000 fish, meaning an August opener is ‘very likely,’  said biologists. 

Overall,  Alaska’s  total salmon harvest this year is pegged at 161 million fish, down  40 percent due to an expected shortfall of pinks.

Southeast’s summer Dungeness fishery is going strong and crabbers are averaging $3.05 a pound, up slightly from last year. A combined summer and fall fishery are expected to yield just under 3 million pounds.

Norton Sound’s summer red king crab opened on June 27 with a harvest pegged at just over 440-thousand pounds. (440,137)

And the golden king crab fishery along the Aleutians opens August 1 with a catch of about six million pounds.

Longliners have taken 55 percent of their halibut catch limit with less than 8 million pounds left to go. The same percentage applies for the sablefish take.

Lots of lingcod fishing kicked off July 1 at Cook Inlet for jig and hand trollers with a catch of 202,000 pounds.  At Prince William Sound, the lingcod catch limit is nearly 37-thousand pounds.

Trawlers are targeting Pacific Ocean Perch and rockfish in the Western Gulf and around Yakutat, and pollock, cod and flatfish in the Bering Sea. The Gulf reopens to pollock fishing on August 25th.

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