Commercial salmon fishing opens at noon Saturday in Kodiak waters, offering area workers their first shot at an estimated 17 million salmon returning to the archipelago in 2012.
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the northwest Kodiak and Alitak districts will open for 33 hours starting at noon Saturday. The southeast Afognak section of the Afognak District will also open for 33 hours starting at noon. The Cape Igvak section of the Mainland District will open for 48 hours beginning noon Saturday.
The Duck Bay, Inner Kitoi, Outer Kitoi and Izhut Bay sections of the Afognak District open at noon Saturday until further notice.
Additional openings will be announced on Fish and Game’s 24-hour phone recording at 486-4559.
This year’s Fish and Game forecast calls for 13.2 million pink salmon across the Kodiak area and 17 million salmon overall. Because 2012 is an even-numbered year, most fish are expected to concentrate in the Karluk and Ayakulik rivers on Kodiak Island’s west side.
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