King salmon regulations liberalized near Juneau

Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Wednesday that sport fishing regulations for king salmon will be liberalized in the marine waters of District 11 near Juneau.

The following sport fishing regulations for the salt waters of District 11 will be in effect as of Midnight Saturday, April 25 and are expected to remain in effect through Tuesday June 30.

Sport fishing for king salmon may be conducted with the use of two lines per angler. Resident anglers will have a bag and possession limit of three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length. The nonresident annual limit will be five king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.

The salt waters of Taku Inlet, north of a line extending from Cooper Point to the mouth of Dorothy Creek, that are closed to the taking of king salmon from April 16 through June 14 will be open to king salmon fishing.

Existing regulations that will remain in effect include the following.

No more than six lines may be fished from any sport vessel in Southeast Alaska. Charter vessel operators and crew may not harvest king salmon while clients are on board and nonresident anglers must record harvested king salmon immediately, in ink, on the back of their license or on a harvest record card.

These sport fishing regulations are intended to provide additional opportunity to harvest Taku River king salmon in years when the run is forecasted to exceed escapement goal requirements. The department will monitor the harvest and run strength of Taku River king salmon in season and modify regulations if needed.

Anyone needing further information concerning this announcement should contact the Division of Sport Fish Region I office in Douglas at (907) 465-4270.

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