FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is reporting a big fall run of chum salmon on the Yukon River this year.
Based on counts on the Lower Yukon River, state officials are projecting a run of 930,000 chums this fall, higher than the historical average of 739,000 fish. The coho salmon run, meanwhile, is about 2,000 fish below its historical average of 166,000 on Sept. 2.
Based on those numbers, fish and game officials don’t anticipate commercial harvests will negatively affect fall chum or coho escapement or subsistence needs. A commercial fishery on the Lower Yukon was opened for nine hours Monday.
Chum and coho salmon entering the Yukon feed a number of smaller drainages in Interior Alaska, including the Tanana River.