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Assistant Area Management Biologist
August 13, 2014
Sport fishing on Fish Creek will be liberalized to 7 days per week beginning 6:00 a.m., Thursday, August 14, 2014. Sport fishing in Cottonwood and Wasilla creeks remains open only on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. Anglers are reminded that sport fishing is allowed in all of these waters only from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day.
The bag and possession limit for salmon, other than king salmon, 16 inches or greater in length remains at three per day and in possession, of which all three may be coho salmon, in the waters of Fish Creek, Cottonwood Creek, and Wasilla Creek. Anglers are also reminded that after taking a bag limit of salmon in these waters, a person may not sport fish that same day in any water open to salmon fishing.
The 2014 run of coho salmon to certain Knik Arm streams appears to be strong. As of August 12, an estimated 2,769 coho salmon have passed the Fish Creek weir, exceeding the sustainable escapement goal of 1,200 to 4,400 fish. Based on historical run timing the department expects the final weir count to exceed the escapement goal for this stock. Anglers are advised that fishing success in Fish Creek can be highly variable due to the movement of fish entering the river being tidally influenced.
For more information, contact Samantha Oslund at (907) 746-6300.