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Regs loosened for kings in Fish Creek

Posted: May 30, 2013 - 11:00pm

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced this week that sport fishing regulations, for freshwater drainages crossed by the Juneau road system and open to sport fishing, will be liberalized to provide anglers additional opportunity to fish for and harvest hatchery king salmon. These new regulations will be in effect from Saturday, June 1 through Saturday, August 31.

The new harvest limits in these freshwater drainages are as follows:

• The daily bag and possession limit is 4 king salmon, any size.

• King salmon harvested by nonresidents do not count toward the annual limit.

Only a few king salmon may stray into streams on the Juneau road system; however, the department expects that over 500 king salmon will enter Fish Creek on Douglas Island. Therefore, in Fish Creek Pond, 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, 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.

King salmon sport fishing regulations in saltwater areas near Juneau will also be liberalized.

For additional information contact the Division of Sport Fish Region 1 office in Douglas at 465-4270.

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