Over 5,000 Kings Counted as Escapement to the Nushagak River

Jun 13, 2013

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game counted another 790 king salmon in the Nushagak River on Wednesday to push the total escapement to just over 5000. The escapement goal for the season is 95,000 kings.

291 sockeye were counted to push the season total to just 940 fish. Another 1,500 chums were counted on Wednesday to push the season total count in the Nushagak River to 7,900. So far a total of nearly 14,000 fish have been counted at the Nushagak River sonar counters located near Portage Creek.

Bristol Bay driftnet vessels still in a boatyard in Naknek.
Credit Mike Mason

Escapement counts for the Wood River should be available starting next Tuesday. The Igushik River counts should be available starting June 24th and the counting towers on the Togiak River should be up and running by July 3rd. So far commercial fishing in the Nushagak District is still closed. However, the eastside districts are open and operating on a weekly fishing schedule.