Area Management Biologist
July 06, 2016
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is increasing the bag and possession limit to 12 sockeye salmon in the marine waters of Resurrection Bay north of a line from Caines Head to the north point of Thumb Cove. This increase will be in effect from 12:01 p.m., Wednesday, July 6 through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 31.
The bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon in the freshwaters of the Resurrection River drainage remains unchanged at three fish. In the section of Resurrection River open to sockeye salmon fishing, only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial fly or lure may be used.
As of July 5, more than 12,000 sockeye have escaped into Bear Lake. The Bear Lake sockeye salmon run is managed to place approximately 13,000 fish in the lake. A sustainable escapement goal of 700 to 8,300 is required, while the remaining are used for broodstock to ensure future returns. This emergency order will allow sport anglers to take advantage of the large return of sockeye salmon returning to Bear Lake this year.
For more information, contact Jay Baumer, Anchorage Area Management Biologist at (907) 267-2265.