Assistant Management Biologist
August 18, 2016
A portion of the Eklutna Tailrace from the confluence with the Knik River, up-stream to the pedestrian bridge, will be open for fishing only to anglers age 15 and younger on Saturday, August 20 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The remainder of the Tailrace will be open to fishing for anglers of all ages.
“We encourage adults to bring young anglers out to the Eklutna Tailrace on Saturday to give them a shot at catching coho salmon,” Samantha Oslund, the Assistant Area Management Biologist in Palmer said.
The daily bag and possession limit is three coho salmon. Anglers are allowed to use bait and multiple hooks (meaning no more than two single hooks or two treble hooks per line). Adults can assist young anglers in baiting the hook and casting, but as this fishery is open only to anglers 15 years of age and younger, anyone 16 years of age or older may not fish in the section open only to youth anglers.
The Eklutna Tailrace is located at mile 3.5 on the Old Glenn Highway.
Angling families are encouraged to participate in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Five Salmon Family Challenge. The program provides a certificate of recognition to angling families who catch and document the five species of Pacific salmon commonly found in Alaska. More information can be found online here:
Youth fisheries were established by the Alaska State Legislature and implemented by the Alaska Board of Fisheries to provide special opportunity for young people to catch fish.