(Released: June 25, 2019 - Expired: July 13, 2019)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Sam Ivey, Area Management Biologist
(Palmer) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is implementing the following sport fishing regulation by reopening the Little Susitna River drainage to sport fishing for king salmon, seven days per week, from its mouth upstream to the Parks Highway effective 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 26 through the remainder of the king salmon sport fishing season, which closes 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019. The bag and possession limit for king salmon, 20 inches or greater, is one per day, one in possession. Only unbaited, artificial lures are allowed. Anglers are reminded a king salmon stamp is required in addition to their Alaska sport fishing license to fish for king salmon.
As of June 24, 2019, 2,615 king salmon have passed the Little Susitna weir and the sustainable escapement goal (SEG) of 2,300 - 3,900 king salmon has been achieved. The run is still shaping up to be below average, but strong enough to allow the sport fishery to proceed by regulation. Historically approximately 60% of the run has passed upstream of the weir by this date and over 75% of the harvest. An anticipated harvest of 350 fish upstream of the weir due to this action is not expected to reduce the spawning escapement below the SEG.
“This year’s run has taken an unexpected, but pleasant turn for the better, with a jump in counts over this past weekend,” stated Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey. “With the goal achieved we can relax restrictions on the Little Su and provide another opportunity for anglers to go catch a king salmon”.
For additional information, please contact Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey at (907) 746-6300.