The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that king salmon sport fishing regulations, for freshwater drainages crossed by the Juneau road system which are open to sport fishing, will be liberalized to provide recreational anglers additional opportunity to fish for and harvest hatchery king salmon. These new regulations will be in effect from 12:01 a.m. Sunday, June 1 through Sunday, August 31.
The new harvest limits are as follows:
• The daily bag and possession limit is four king salmon, any size.
• King salmon harvested in these freshwater drainages by nonresidents do not count toward their annual limit.
Only a few king salmon may stray into streams on the Juneau road system near the local release sites around Macaulay Hatchery and Auke Creek. However, the department expects that over 500 king salmon will enter Fish Creek on Douglas Island where juvenile king salmon are imprinted and released in Fish Creek Pond. Additional regulations will be liberalized as follows in Fish Creek Pond:
• 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 and described in a separate news release.
For additional information contact the Division of Sport Fish Region 1 office in Juneau at 465-4270.