This summer’s weak run of Yukon River king salmon will likely fall short of the tepid projections set before the season began, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

As of Thursday, the Pilot Station sonar project on the Lower Yukon had counted roughly 112,000 king salmon. A majority of Chinooks have migrated upstream already, a news release stated.

The tepid run is tracking below the preseason estimate of 118,000 to 140,000 kings. Gear and fishing restrictions have been placed on subsistence fishermen on the Yukon to help meet an escapement goal of 42,500 Chinook salmon into Canada.

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