High water and lots of debris aren’t the only things keeping fish wheels out of the Yukon River this summer. Rural Alaskans depend on subsistence to fill their freezers and root cellars for the winter. Local subsistence fishermen would normally put their fish wheels in the Yukon River this time of year, but an historically low run of King salmon may keep fish wheels out of the water until chum salmon start running up the Yukon in September. KUAC’s Emily Schwing was in Eagle last week, where she sat down with local fishermen.
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