The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced this week that the liberalized king salmon sport fishing regulations that have been in effect in the salt waters of District 11 near Juneau will be overturned today.
As of Friday, June 1, the king salmon sport fishing regulations for the waters of District 11, excluding the waters of the Juneau Hatchery Terminal Harvest Area, will be the same as those in effect for the Southeast region. These regulations are as follows:
• Alaska Resident: The resident bag and possession limit is three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length,
• Nonresident: The nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length. The nonresident annual limit is four king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.
• Anglers may use only one rod until October 1. From October 1 through March 31, 2013, anglers may use two rods in all salt waters of Southeast Alaska when sport fishing for king salmon.
• The salt waters of upper Taku Inlet, north of a line extending from Cooper Point to the mouth of Dorothy Creek, will be closed to sport fishing for king salmon through June 14.
The king salmon regulations for the Juneau Hatchery Terminal Harvest Area in effect until August 31 remain unchanged. In the JHTHA the bag and possession limit is four king salmon of any size and king salmon harvested by nonresidents in this area do not count toward their annual limit.
The Department has been directed by the Board of Fisheries to establish liberalized sport fishing regulations for the waters of District 11 in years when the expected return of Taku River king salmon is sufficient to provide additional harvest opportunity. In 2012, the preseason projected return was large enough to provide the liberalized sport fishing opportunity. Based on inseason projections, the escapement of king salmon to the Taku River is not expected to meet the lower end of the escapement goal range. As of May 30, the projected escapement of king salmon to the Taku River is approximately 10,600 fish; this is substantially below the escapement goal range of 19,000-36,000 fish. On average, 57 percent of the escapement has been achieved by May 30.
For more information contact Brian Glynn at the Juneau Regional Office at 465-4320.