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ADF&G rescinds liberalized king salmon regulations

Posted: June 17, 2011 - 2:57pm

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has rescinded the liberalized king salmon sport fishing regulations that have been in effect in District 11 salt waters near Juneau. Effective Tuesday, the king salmon sport fishing regulations for these waters, excluding the waters of the Juneau Hatchery Terminal Harvest Area, will be the same as those in effect for the Southeast region.

The resident bag and possession limit is three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.

The nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length. The nonresident annual limit is five king salmon; 28 inches or greater in

length.

From Oct. 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012, all sport anglers may use two rods when sport fishing for king salmon.

The king salmon regulations for the Juneau Hatchery Terminal Harvest Area, in effect until Aug. 31, remain unchanged. The bag and possession limit in this harvest area is four king salmon of any size. King salmon harvested by nonresidents in the Juneau Hatchery Harvest Area do not count toward their annual limit.

Fish and Game states the rescinding of the liberalized regulations is due to in-season projections that king salmon escapement to the Taku River is not expected meet the lower end of the escapement goal range. The projected escapement as of June 12 is approximately 10,000 fish, with the escapement goal range being 19,000-36,000 fish. The Department states that, on average, 78 percent of the escapement had been achieved by June 12.

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