Sockeye Angling in Pasagshak Drainage Closed

Jay Barrett/KMXT

Anglers hoping to hook a tasty sockeye salmon on one of the Kodiak road system’s most accessible waterways can start looking elsewhere, if they haven’t already. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced that the Pasagshak River drainage will be closed for sockeye salmon fishing beginning tonight, after midnight.

In explaining the closure in an emergency order, the department says only 436 sockeye have been counted at the Pasagshak weir, and based on historical run timing, it is unlikely to meet the escapement goal of 3,000 reds needed to make it up to the spawning grounds.

If the Pasagshak run improves and the escapement goal appears obtainable, Fish and Game may reopen the drainage to sockeye angling by emergency order, otherwise, the closure remains in effect through the end of the year.

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