JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced on May 27 that king salmon sport fishing regulations for freshwater drainages crossed by the Juneau road system, which are open to sport fishing, and for the hatchery Terminal Harvest Area (THA) near Juneau will be liberalized to provide additional opportunity to harvest hatchery king salmon.
These new regulations start today, June 1, and will continue through Sunday, Aug. 31.
New harvest limits require that the daily bag and possession limit is four king salmon, any size. Also, king salmon harvested in these freshwater drainages or saltwater areas by nonresidents do not count toward their annual limit.
The department is authorized to liberalize sport fishing regulations in designated harvest areas when the number of returning fish exceeds brood stock needs for the hatchery program.
Only a few king salmon may stray into most streams on the Juneau road system; however the department expects that more than 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; and 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 all intertidal waters within a 200 yard radius of the creek mouth as shown on the enclosed map, regional sport fishing methods and means will apply.
In these fresh waters, the following is prohibited: The use of bait, weighted hooks and lures, treble hooks with a gap greater than ½-inch between point and shank, attempting to snag fish, and retaining fish hooked elsewhere than in the mouth.
Anglers should note that regional king salmon bag and possession limits for the saltwaters outside of the THA are more restrictive than the limits inside the THA and that regulations prohibit anglers from possessing fish that exceed the limits for the waters where they are fishing or are below the minimum size limits. Therefore, anglers who catch king salmon within the THA may not continue to fish outside of the THA if they possess king salmon that do not comply with the regional king salmon bag and size limits.
King salmon sport fishing regulations in freshwater drainages on the Juneau road system and in saltwater areas near Juneau will also be liberalized as described in a separate news release.
For additional information, contact the nearest ADF&G Division of Sport Fish office or visit www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/EONR/index.cfm.