Alaska board lifts grayling size limit for interior rivers

Posted: Monday, February 01, 2010

FAIRBANKS - The 12-inch size limit has been eliminated for arctic grayling on the Chatanika and Salcha rivers.

The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Saturday voted to allow anglers to keep five grayling of any size per day in both rivers as well as the Richardson Clearwater River and Shaw Creek near Delta Junction.

The Chena River is not affected by the change and remains restricted to catch-and-release fishing only.

Tom Taube with the state Department of Fish and Game says the size-limit restriction was put in place several years ago and is no longer needed thanks to healthy grayling populations.

"It used to be you were hard-pressed to catch fish over 12 inches," he said. "Now the populations have rebounded, and there's lots of big fish."

The fisheries board also voted in favor of establishing a household limit for northern pike in a winter subsistence fishery on the Chatanika River.

The new rule will limit households to 10 fish per day. There previously had been no daily limit on how many pike could be caught on a household permit.

The proposal was submitted after three fishermen caught more than 500 pike in one day two years ago.

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