ADFG announced December 9th the following information concerning the preseason forecast for king salmon returning to the Stikine River in 2012.
The 2012 preseason terminal run forecast for large Stikine River King Salmon is 40,800 fish. The resulting US Allowable Catch (AC) is 5,890 large Stikine Kings. An AC of 5,890 fish allows for limited directed commercial fisheris to occur in District 8 beginning May 7. News Releases announcing specific opening times and areas will be released in mid-April, 2012. The 2012 preseason forecast marks the first forecast since 2008 that allows for directed commercial fisheries in District 8.