The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced the 2013 sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat, which will be effective from 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 8 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The regulations are:
• The bag and possession limit (resident and nonresident) is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.
A nonresident annual harvest limit and recording requirements apply as follows:
• From Jan. 1 through June 30, a nonresident’s harvest limit is three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.
• From July 1 through July 15, a nonresident’s harvest limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested by the nonresident from Jan. 1 through June 30 will apply toward the two fish harvest limit.
• From July 16 through Dec. 31, a nonresident’s harvest limit is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested by the nonresident from Jan. 1 through July 15 will apply toward the one fish harvest limit.
• Immediately upon landing and retaining a king salmon nonresidents must enter the species, date and location, in ink, on the back of their sport fishing license or harvest record.
• From Oct. 1 through March 31, 2014 resident sport anglers may use two rods while fishing for king salmon; a resident using two rods may only retain king salmon.
The Southeast Alaska king salmon sport fishery is managed under provisions of the Southeast Alaska King Salmon Management Plan (5 AAC 47.055). This plan prescribes management measures for the king salmon sport fishery based upon the preseason abundance index determined by the Chinook Technical Committee of the Pacific Salmon Commission. The preseason abundance index for the 2013 season is 1.20 which equates to 32,466 king salmon allocated to the sport fishery. The plan prescribes the regulations above when the king salmon abundance index is 1.11 to 1.20.
For further information regarding sport fisheries in Southeast Alaska, contact the nearest ADF&G office or visit: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.eonr.