King salmon fishermen in much of Alaska are facing dismal catch predictions this summer but that’s not the case in southeast Alaska.
The Juneau Empire reports high returns last year and high escapement projects in rivers outside Alaska are making commercial and sport fishermen optimistic about 2014.
King salmon abundance estimates along the Panhandle have more than doubled from last year.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says 439,400 kings can be caught this year. That compares to 266,800 in 2012 and just 176,000 last year.
The allocation for sport fishing has almost tripled from 32,466 to 81,353.
The allocation for troll-caught kings will increase from 129,862 last year to 325,411 in 2014.
Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com
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