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    Default Karluk closed for 2010

    I just saw on Ch 2 news this morning that F&G has closed the river to all king fishing for 2010
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    This does not bode well.

    Hopefully though this will lead to a nice rebound in fish numbers. Time will tell.
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    its good and bad at the same time....good because they needed to do that, and bad because it will really hit the economy hard in that region....
    ive never been there that time of year but i hear it was good fishing.



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    The Karluk and Ayakulik king runs have virtually collapsed. It's the only prudent thing to do.
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    Definately is the right thing to do and the karluk king run has been so bad the past few years we've been hit hard already economically.

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    Default ADF&G Release on Karluk Kings

    Here's the full release from ADF&G. The Karluk's king numbers have been down the last several years - last year they rebounded slightly over 2008, but numbers are still very low compared to history. It is still a phenomenal river for silvers and steelhead (2nd largest run in all of Alaska)...hopefully king numbers will bounce back.

    KARLUK RIVER KING SALMON SPORT FISHERY CLOSED EFFECTIVE MARCH 15, 2010
    The following information was released by the Department of Commerce:
    Sport fishing for king salmon, including catch-and-release fishing, will be closed on the Karluk River during 2010. The king salmon biological escapement goal (BEG) is 3,600 to 7,300. Despite management actions to reduce king salmon mortality in sport, commercial and subsistence fisheries, the king salmon BEG has not been achieved since 2005. At this time the low escapements have spanned a brood-year generation of the run, indicating adult returns are likely to remain low beyond 2010. In order to conserve the 2010 return, the king salmon sport fishery will be closed throughout the Karluk River drainage. In addition to the king salmon closure, the use of bait is prohibited for all sport fishing downstream of Karluk Lake. This measure will reduce the probability of anglers accidently catching king salmon while targeting other species.
    The 2010 king salmon return will be monitored in-season at the ADF&G Karluk River salmon counting weir. Additional management action may be considered as the run progresses.
    For more information, contact the Division of Sport Fish office in Kodiak at (907) 486-1880.

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