Kodiak Salmon Harvest Tops 2-Million

Jay Barrett/KMXT

According to figures released by the Kodiak office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game this (Thursday) morning, the Kodiak salmon harvest has surpassed the 2-million mark. Wednesday’s catch of 34,000 puts the all-species total at 2,030,741.

As usual, this early in the season, the sockeye catch dominates the total, with 1.45-million. The chum salmon harvest is edging up on 400,000, with pinks at 184,000.

Cape Igvak and Wide Bay account for over 500,000 of the sockeye total, with the East and Northeast Kodiak sections responsible for another quarter-million, with the Karluk, Northwest Kodiak and Southwest Afognak section right behind. The Duck, Izhut and Kitoi bays are getting close to 200,000 in sockeye caught, and over 250,000 chum salmon harvested.

Regarding escapement, the Karluk River weir has counted 86,327 sockeye, which is better than any of the last three years, but still a shadow of its former glory. Dog Salmon Creek, Frazer Lake, Saltery and the Buskin are all ahead of last year’s escapement through this date. Trailing last year are the Ayakulik, Upper Station and Litnik.

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