July 19, 2018 – The gillnet chum catch numbers are falling below forecast for both Lynn Canal and Taku Inlet through the fifth opener of the season.  Please see our “in season run estimate 7/18/2018” update. Sample information from the 7/15 gillnet opener is as follows: Lynn Canal - average weight of 7.6 pounds and a sex ratio of 41% male and 59% female. The age comp was 0% - 6's, 31% - 5's, 40% - 4's and 29% - 3's. Taku Inlet - average weight of 8.3 pounds and a sex ratio of 41% male and 59% female. The age comp was 0% - 6's, 53% - 5's, 33% - 4's and 14% - 3's. Checkout the 2018 harvest season graphs for more detail on the returns.

Cost recovery at Amalga Harbor will start on the 25th of June and cost recovery in Gastineau Channel started the earliest ever on June 22nd.  Total harvest to date is 5.1 million pounds.

Chum eggtake will start at Macaulay Salmon Hatchery on 7/11 and we have collected 31 million eggs to date.

The Speel Lake weir has been installed as of July 16 and we have passed 0 sockeye to date.

Cost recovery at Snettisham started on the 11th of July (This is the earliest harvest on record and the only harvest so far).  Total cost recovery harvest as of 7/19 is 4,800 pounds.

The next update will be Thursday the 26th of July.

July 12, 2018 – The gillnet chum catch numbers are at or above forecast for both Lynn Canal and Taku Inlet through the fourth opener of the season.  Sample information from the 7/8 gillnet opener is as follows: Lynn Canal - average weight of 8.1 pounds and a sex ratio of 49% male and 51% female. The age comp was 2% - 6's, 41% - 5's, 42% - 4's and 15% - 3's. Taku Inlet - average weight of 8.6 pounds and a sex ratio of 45% male and 55% female. The age comp was 1% - 6's, 54% - 5's, 36% - 4's and 9% - 3's. Checkout the 2018 harvest season graphs for more detail on the returns.

Cost recovery at Amalga Harbor will start on the 25th of June and cost recovery in Gastineau Channel started the earliest ever on June 22nd.  Total harvest to date is 4.3 million pounds.

The Speel Lake weir will hopefully be installed as of July 16.  The water levels are very low making it hard to get up to the lake.

The next update will be Thursday the 19th of July.

July 6, 2018 – The gillnet chum catch numbers are above forecast for Taku Inlet and Lynn Canal is only average at best through the third opener of the season.  The Amalga Harbor seine opening very slower than expected and a little confusing to the staff.  Sample information from the 7/1 gillnet opener is as follows: Lynn Canal - average weight of 8.5 pounds and a sex ratio of 54% male and 46% female. The age comp was 3% - 6's, 30% - 5's, 62% - 4's and 5% - 3's. Taku Inlet - average weight of 9.2 pounds and a sex ratio of 61% male and 39% female. The age comp was 0% - 6's, 67% - 5's, 28% - 4's and 4% - 3's. Checkout the 2018 harvest season graphs for more detail on the returns.

Cost recovery at Amalga Harbor will start on the 25th of June and cost recovery in Gastineau Channel started the earliest ever on June 22nd.  Total harvest to date is 3.0 million pounds.

The next update will be Thursday the 12th of July.

June 28, 2018 – Gillnet chum catch numbers appear to be above forecast for both Lynn Canal and Taku Inlet through the second opener of the season.  There are only a handful trollers fishing on Homeshore and the catch to date is very low for chums.  Sample information from the 6/24 gillnet opener is as follows: Lynn Canal - average weight of 9.4 pounds and a sex ratio of 61% male and 39% female. The age comp was 3% - 6's, 55% - 5's, 40% - 4's and 2% - 3's. Taku Inlet - average weight of 9.9 pounds and a sex ratio of 60% male and 40% female. The age comp was 1% - 6's, 74% - 5's, 24% - 4's and 1% - 3's. Checkout the 2018 harvest season graphsfor more detail on the returns.

Cost recovery at Amalga Harbor will start on the 25th of June and cost recovery in Gastineau Channel started the earliest ever on June 22nd.  Total harvest to date is 1.75 million pounds.

The next update will be Thursday the 5th of July.

June 24, 2018 – Chum catch numbers appear to be at or above forecast for Lynn Canal and Taku Inlet after the first opener of the season.  There are only a handfull trollers fishing on Homeshore and the catch to date is very low for chums.  Sample information from the 6/17 gillnet opener is as follows: Lynn Canal - average weight of 9.4 pounds and a sex ratio of 68% male and 32% female. The age comp was 4% - 6's, 52% - 5's, 39% - 4's and 4% - 3's. Taku Inlet - average weight of 10.4 pounds and a sex ratio of 70% male and 30% female. The age comp was 2% - 6's, 78% - 5's, 19% - 4's and 1% - 3's. Checkout the 2018 harvest season graphs for more detail on the returns.

Cost recovery at Amalga Harbor will start on the 25th of June and cost recovery in Gastineau Channel started the earliest ever on June 22nd.

The next update will be Thursday the 28th of June.

May 1, 2018 – The first gillnet opener of the season starts this Sunday the 17th of June.  The next update will be Thursday the 21st of June.