The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that freshwater streams are now open to king salmon sport fishing.
In a release from the agency, regulations have been liberalized to allow fisherman a chance to harvest hatchery king salmon.
The new regulations will be in effect from Friday, June 1 through Friday, August 31.
The new harvest limits are as follows:
• The daily bag and possession limit is 4 king salmon, any size.
• King salmon harvested in these freshwater drainages by nonresidents do not count toward their annual limit.
According to the release, only a few king salmon may stray into most streams on the Juneau road system. However, the department expects that more than 500 king salmon will enter Fish Creek on Douglas Island.
Therefore, in Fish Creek Pond (see map), regulations that pertain to sport fishing methods and means will be liberalized as follows:
• Use of bait is allowed.
• Use of weighted hooks and lures, and multiple (treble) hooks with a gap greater than ½ inch between the point and shank is allowed.
• Anglers may retain king salmon that are hooked elsewhere than in the mouth (snagged).
In the fresh waters of Fish Creek proper— excluding Fish Creek Pond — and in intertidal waters within a 200 yard radius of the creek mouth as shown on the map, use of bait, weighted hooks and lures, treble hooks with a gap greater than ½ inch between point and shank, and attempting to snag fish or retain fish hooked elsewhere than in the mouth is prohibited.
For additional information contact the Division of Sport Fish Region 1 office in Douglas at 465-4270.