Troll Fleet Finishes First King Salmon Opening

Southeast’s commercial troll fleet finishes up their first summer king salmon opening just before midnight Tuesday night.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game expects trollers will reach the target harvest of nearly 102,000 Chinook salmon by the end of the day. The opening started July 1.

Trollers can head back out and fish for other salmon after offloading any kings caught in the opening. They’ll have another king opening sometime in August after a closure designed to let coho salmon return to the inside waters.

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Joe Viechnicki is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

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