Southeast Winter Troll Fishery Closes for Season

Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg

Southeast Alaska’s winter troll fishery closed Wednesday night. The department of Fish and Game expected the king salmon catch would reach the guideline harvest level of 45,000 fish by that time. In slower seasons, the fishery can run through the end of April, but this year wasn’t slow. Troll Management Biologist Pattie Skannes announced the April 20 closure shortly after some big landings.

As the season wrapped up Wednesday, Skannes said catches and effort had been above average during the six-month season.

Skannes said king salmon prices on average were $7.10 a pound during the winter fishery.

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