Area Management Biologist
July 03, 2014
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is reducing the bag and possession limit for king salmon 20 inches or greater in length to one per day, one in possession in all waters of the Nushagak-Mulchatna drainage effective 12:01 a.m., Monday, July 7, 2014.
These restrictions are made in accordance with 5 AAC 06.361, Nushagak/Mulchatna King Salmon Management Plan, as adopted by the Alaska Board of Fisheries. The plan directs the Department to reduce the bag and possession limits for king salmon 20 inches or greater in length from two fish, only one of which may exceed 28 inches in length to one fish 20 inches or greater in length in the sport fishery when the department projects the total inriver return will be at least 70,000, but less than 95,000 fish. This restriction is implemented so that the sport fishery does not exceed the 5,000 fish guideline harvest level when projected inriver returns are less than 95,000.
Through July 2, an estimated total of 56,050 king salmon have passed the sonar at Portage Creek, and the total inriver return is projected to be at least 70,000, but less than 95,000 fish.
The department will continue to monitor the king salmon escapement and may liberalize this restriction or further restrict the sport fishery as specified in the management plan. For more information call the area office in Dillingham at (907) 842-2427 or the Dillingham Sport Fish regulation recorder 907-842-REGS (842-7347).