RUSSIAN RIVER SOCKEYE SALMON MANAGEMENT PLAN (5 AAC 56.075)
The purpose of this management plan is to ensure an adequate escapement, as determined by the
department, of sockeye salmon into the Russian River system and to provide management
If restrictions or liberalizations to the late-run fishery are necessary, they would likely occur
guidelines to the department to reduce conflicts between various users of this resource. Because
early and late Russian River system sockeye salmon are discrete stocks with established
escapement goals, these stocks shall be managed by the department as a separate entity without
regard to Kenai River system sockeye salmon run size, except as specified within the
management plan. In the Russian River, sockeye salmon passage is monitored by a weir at the
outlet of Lower Russian Lake. Early-run Russian River sockeye salmon stocks are harvested
primarily by the sport fishery. Late-run Russian River sockeye salmon stocks are harvested in
both the Cook Inlet commercial salmon gillnet, and Kenai-Russian River sport fisheries.
No formal forecast is prepared for either the early-run or late-run Russian River sockeye salmon.
The escapement goal for the early-run stock is 14,000 to 37,000 fish past the weir. Based upon
recent return performance of this stock (escapements of 24,000 to 86,000 fish in the past five
years), average fishery performance is anticipated.
The escapement goal for the late-run stock is 33,000 to 121,000 fish past the weir. It is
anticipated that the return in 2006 will approximate the recent five year average of 80,000 fish.
Commercial Fishing Management
Since, at present, it is not possible to separate the harvest of late-run Russian River sockeye
salmon from other sockeye salmon stocks in Cook Inlet, restrictions on the commercial fishery to
conserve Russian River sockeye salmon and meet the escapement goal is limited to meeting the
inriver goals for the Kenai River late-run sockeye salmon as measured by the river mile 19 sonar
counter. Commercial fisheries management strategies are described in the Kenai River Late-Run
Sockeye Salmon Plan web page.
Sport Fishing Management Strategies
Given the outlook described above, no fishery restrictions are anticipated in this fishery. The
opening date for this fishery is June 11. Generally, by June 20, a decision can be made as to
whether the escapement goal for the early-run will be achieved and the sanctuary area can be
opened. If the escapement goal for the early-run is projected to be exceeded, the bag and
possession limits may be liberalized from 3 per day and 3 in possession to 4 per day and 8 in
STATE OF ALASKA
during late July or early August. Restrictive management actions in the sport fishery could
and/or extension of the fishing season.
include reduction in daily bag and possession limits, restrictions by time and area, or closure.
Liberal management actions would likely include an increase in bag and possession limits,