The World Biggest Sockeye Salmon Run Keeps Getting Bigger! ATA Lodge on the Alagnak Wild River sits poised to experience another Bumper Year in 2018!


Great News for Alaska Fishermen!

The Anchorage Daily News reports that Projections are in for a Booming Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Run in 2018

Cover photo by ATA guest Steve Levi
 
Salmon Run Photo by Clemens Vanderwerf
Photo by ATA Guest Clemens Vanderwerf
Author: Laine Welch

The world's biggest sockeye salmon fishery keeps getting bigger.

The red run next year at Bristol Bay is projected at 51.3 million fish. If you have not gotten your gear ready, you can click on the link here. Our 51.3 million fish would produce another whopping catch approaching 40 million, 18 percent higher than the 10-year average and 41 percent more than the long-term mean.
2017 Nearly Record Year for Salmon Run
Last year's sockeye run to the Bay was in the all-time top five, with record surges to several rivers, especially on the west side. And more of the same is predicted.
Area manager Tim Sands said he believes recent warmer winters are providing better conditions for baby salmon.
Warmer Early Temperatures Help Baby Salmon
"Early ice-out, late ice-in … having extra growing time in those higher, upper lakes made those fish healthier, bigger, and more competitive when they got to the ocean," Sands told KDLG in Dillingham.
Salmon Run Photo by Pat Clayton
Photo by Pat Clayton
Biologists admit that predicting Bristol Bay sockeye runs is a tricky science. This past summer, for example, 42 percent more fish returned than projected, yielding a 37 percent higher catch.
Using salmon data from nine river systems in five districts, Bristol Bay managers have had a mean error of 14 percent in harvest forecasts since 2001.
ATA Lodge Guests with Large Catch of Salmon
Come Join Us and Witness the Spectacle of the "Return of the Sockeye" at ATA Lodge on the Alagnak Wild River!
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