Starting June 21, sport fishing for king salmon in the Ayakulik and Karluk River drainages is off limits.
As an added precaution, using bait is prohibited within the Ayakulik River drainage and within the Karluk River drainage below Karluk Lake, including Karluk Lagoon, said the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in a statement. Only single-hook artificial lures are allowed in those areas.
The escapement goal for Ayakulik River king salmon is 4,000 to 7,000 fish. As of June 17, the weir count was 350 fish. The escapement goal for king salmon on the Karluk River is 3,000 to 6,000 fish. The weir count as of June 17 was 256 fish, Fish and Game said. It’s not likely that the escapement goal for either river will be met.
The order will expire July 25 unless overridden by another order. The public can contact the Division of Sport Fish office in Kodiak at 486-1880 for more information.