Winter Chinook landings soar in Southeast AK

Chinook catches by SE trollers are 65% above the 10-year average.

by | March 20, 2024

Filed Under ADF&G | Catch Updates | Salmon

Trollers are catching some of the highest landings in a decade


The winter Chinook fishery for Southeast trollers opened on October 1 and fishermen are seeing some great Chinook catches as the closing date approaches.

Trollers are seeing some of their highest king salmon landings in a decade, reports Joshua Bickert at SeafoodNews.com.

According to the latest figures from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the total count so far stands at 39,431 Chinook salmon.

“This represents a remarkable 133% increase over the same period in 2023, when landings totaled 14,887; and a 115% surge compared to the five-year average of 16,171,” Bickert said. “Even when considering the 10-year average, the current total remains substantially higher, approximately 65% above the average of 21,019 fish.

Many Southeast districts closed on March 15 but outer coastal waters will remain open until 45,000 non-Alaska hatchery produced (treaty)salmon are taken, or through March 31 whichever occurs first.

The average price paid to trollers during the most recent week was $7.27/lb, according to ADF&G.

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Laine Welch has covered the Alaska fish beat for print and radio since 1988. She also has worked “behind the counter” at retail and wholesale seafood companies in Kodiak and on Cape Cod.

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