Last Sunday, a record number of sockeye salmon passed through the fish counter 19 miles upstream from the river mouth. An estonishing 230,600 sockeyes were counted in 1 day! Some years the count does not even reach 100,000!
These are sockeyes which have escaped the dipnetters, commercial fishermen, and anything else in their way to the spawning grounds.
With the increased number of sockeyes, the Alaska Fish and Game has now allowed dip netting through July 31st.
The previous one day sockeye total counted by sonar was 218,000 back in 1987.
Should be a fantasic fishing season for sockeye and a large number of fish returning back to the river in 4 to 6 years due to a great spawning season..
Hopefully the silver salmon run is similar!