Hopes for a strong Yukon chum salmon season fade

The first commercial fishery of the year on the Yukon River took place Wednesday night near the mouth.  The fishery targeted summer chum salmon, which unlike king salmon, are returning to the Yukon in near average numbers this year.  But the Department of Fish and Game did not open commercial fishing until late in the season, to prevent the incidental harvest of king salmon in the chum fishery.   The king run didn’t take a big hit…but fishermen didn’t catch very many
chum either.

Tim Bodony, KIYU – Galena