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ADF&G reopens lingcod sport fishing season

Posted: August 1, 2011 - 9:53pm

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reopened the lingcod sport fishing season Monday.

That season was previously closed from July 1 until Aug. 15.

Previous bag and possession limits, nonresident annual limits and size limits for the northern Southeast area still apply.

The season runs Aug. 1 through Nov. 30. Residents have a daily bag limit of one plus two in possession. There are no size limits.

Nonresident limits are one daily and one in possession. Size limits are 30 inches or greater in length and less than 35 inches in length. Limits also include fish 55 inches or greater in length with an annual limit of two fish, one of which is 30 to 35 inches in length and the other being 55 inches or greater in length. Nonresident anglers shall immediately record, in ink, all lingcod harvested either on the back of their sport fishing license or on a nontransferable harvest record.

Charter operators and crew members may not retain lingcod while clients are on board the vessel.

An in-season analysis of the sport fishing data indicates that current trends in harvest patterns will allow for an additional two weeks of fishing opportunity for lingcod in the northern Southeast Alaska Lingcod Management Area while staying within the sport fishery lingcod allocation.

For further information, contact the nearest ADF&G office or visit www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.eonr.

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