Buskin River reopens to sport and subsistence salmon fishing

After a closure last month, the Buskin River will reopen to sport and subsistence salmon fishing. 

Less than a thousand salmon had passed through the Buskin weir when Fish and Game closed the river and inner waters of Chiniak Bay to subsistence and sport salmon fishing on June 11. The Buskin also closed last summer due to low sockeye numbers.

But as of Wednesday, nearly 4,500 sockeye salmon had been counted through the Buskin weir, according to a press release from Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game. That’s enough to hit the department’s escapement goal of 5,000 to 8,000 fish and reopen the river to sport and subsistence fishing.

The Fish and Game advisory says the closure will lift just after midnight on Saturday, July 2.

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