New sport chinook rules announced

Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Monday new sport fishing rules for the Juneau area, in effect from April 25 to June 30.

The rules for areas 11-A and 11-B are as follows:

• Sport fishing for king salmon may be conducted with the use of two rods per angler. The normal six-line limit per boat remains in effect.

• Charter operators and crew members may not retain king salmon when clients are onboard.

• The bag and possession limit is three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.

• King salmon caught by nonresidents will not count toward the nonresident annual limit.

• The area of upper Taku Inlet normally closed to sport fishing for king salmon from April 16 through June 14 will be open to sport fishing for king salmon. The fresh waters of Taku River will remain closed to sport fishing for king salmon.

Areas 11-A and 11-B extend south from the Little Island Lighthouse in Lynn Canal to Midway Island in Stephens Passage.

Since the 1970s, directed commercial fisheries for Taku River king salmon have been closed and sport fishing in the Juneau area has been restricted to conserve and rebuild the stock.

In February, the United States and Canada negotiated a Taku River harvest sharing agreement that will meet escapement goals and allows harvest of king salmon.

If the forecast is accurate, the 2005 run will be the second largest run of Taku River king salmon since counting began in 1973.

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