Division of Sport Fish
Tom Taube, Acting Director

Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Doug Vincent-Lang, Commissioner

P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Advisory Announcement
(Released: April 17, 2023 - Expires: December 31, 2023)

CONTACT: Jason Pawluk
Yakutat Area Management Biologist
(907) 784-3222

Situk River Closed to Sport Fishing for King Salmon

(Yakutat) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish announced today that beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 1, sport fishing for king salmon in the Situk River is closed. King salmon may not be targeted, retained, or possessed; king salmon caught while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

The Situk River drainage is managed for a biological escapement goal (BEG) of 450-1,050 large king salmon. In years 2010 through 2012, and again in 2015, 2016, and 2018, the Situk River king salmon stock failed to achieve the BEG. In 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2019-2022 the goal was achieved after restrictive management measures were implemented in the sport, commercial, and subsistence fisheries. The 2023 preseason forecast has estimated a total run of approximately 450 large king salmon. Given recent small escapements and harvest trends, the BEG is at risk of not being achieved without preseason king salmon fishery restrictions. A conservative management approach warrants closing the Situk River to sport fishing for king salmon to start the season.

For further information anglers should call the Yakutat Sport Fish Office at (907) 784-3222 or visit our website.