Ocean Tides – Kuskokwim, Chignik & Susitna

Chef – June’s Chinook Openings!

Yukon River Chinook will see closures again this year with underwhelming forecasts of returning fish. That’s not the issue with many other river systems. Management of many of Alaska’s river Chinook have been very successful and push optimism into each captain and  crew.
The 2016 Kuskokwim River Chinook salmon forecast is for a range of 125,000-219,000 fish. The drainage-wide Chinook salmon escapement goal is 65,000-120,000. Average subsistence Chinook salmon harvest is 84,000. If the run comes back within the forecast range, then there may be enough Chinook salmon to provide for escapement and subsistence needs. The Kuskokwim is a giant. 702 miles of pristine water make this the 2nd largest river in Alaska and the 7th largest river in the USA. It’s Chinook have been an important staple in the economy of its region. Boasting the largest Chinook harvests in Alaska, the early runs are paramount.

The Chignik is a short river system, but has Chinook in great numbers. The Chignik River is located on the Alaska Peninsula near the village of Chignik and is the largest Chinook salmon producing system on the southern shore of the Alaska Peninsula. The Chignik River watershed is dominated by the Black and Chignik lakes, with the Black and Chignik rivers draining them, respectively. Chignik River Chinook salmon exhibit late run timing, with freshwater entry occurring from late June to mid-August and about half of the run is over by mid-July.

The Susitna River is a 313 mile flow of pure glacier water that ranks 15th in the USA in size. The Chinook runs in the Susitna have been steady since 1985, and show over 80% of the total Salmon species capture for the 2016 forecast. However minimal to Alaska’s other rivers, the Susitna River produces an incredible quality in Chinook Salmon. Landings of the 2016 Susitna Chinook will be approximately 2,000 fish. That’s exactly why presses tirelesly to procure the fish that set the Susitna, our product line, and our customers apart.

The Kuskokwim River Delta 

The Chignik River

The Susitna River

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256

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