State sets commercial troll harvest limit at 74,800 kings


Photo courtesy of Amee Patrick

Petersburg power troller F/V FYKE heads toward the mouth of the Wrangell Narrows just past 4 am on the morning of Saturday, July 1, the first day of the summer troll season.

The Department of Fish and Game has announced that 74,800 "treaty" king salmon (non-hatchery fish) will be available for taking in the summer commercial troll season's first opening, which started Saturday.

The department released summer king salmon harvest numbers on June 22.

In total, 106,800 kings remain on the table following the spring fishery harvest, the agency said, and the troll fleet will be able to target 70% of those in the summer's first opener. The fleet hooked 24,700 fish in the winter opener and an additional 14,100 kings in the spring, the department estimates.

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