(Released: July 25, 2019 - Expired: July 31, 2019)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Sam Ivey, Area Management Biologist
(Palmer) - The Fish Creek sockeye salmon run has met the escapement goal and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is projecting a total run in excess of 35,000 fish; therefore, ADF&G is opening the Fish Creek Personal Use Dipnet Fishery. Effective 6:00 a.m. Friday, July 26 through 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2019, dipnetting for salmon, except king salmon, will be allowed only between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. each day. NO RETENTION of king salmon is allowed. Any king salmon caught may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately. Dipnetters may harvest salmon off the shore or a boat from the ADF&G markers located on both sides of the terminus of Fish Creek, upstream to ADF&G regulatory markers located approximately one-quarter mile upstream from Knik-Goose Bay Road. The additional area opened last year, 2018, along the beach to the north and south of the terminus is not open to dipnetting in 2019.
This dipnet fishery is in conjunction with the Kenai and Kasilof rivers, and the total household limits are a combination from all four fisheries covered by the Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Salmon Permit. A 2019 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Salmon Permit and a resident sport fishing license is required and must be on you while dipnetting. Only Alaska residents may participate in this fishery. Dipnet permits are available at local ADF&G offices, ADF&G online store, and at participating vendors. Only one Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Salmon Permit is allowed per household and permits will not be reissued for a household that has already returned its permit to ADF&G.
ADF&G reminds dipnetters to please stay off private property. The majority of property adjacent to Fish Creek downstream of the Knik-Goose Bay Road Bridge is privately owned. All of the property south of Fish Creek along Knik Arm is privately owned. Dipnetters trespassing across private property may be subject to a fine. Respect “no trespassing” signs. Permission to use private uplands for any reason must be obtained from the landowner. When accessing the mouth of Fish Creek, legal access is restricted to below the mean high tide line. Remember, all-terrain vehicles (four-wheelers) are not allowed in creeks or adjacent creekside property without a habitat permit. There is no launch for trailered boats from Knik-Goose Bay Road. The nearest public boat launch for trailered boats is the Ship Creek boat launch in Anchorage. Dipnetters are advised to use extreme caution when fishing lower Fish Creek due to high tides and muddy conditions.
Dipnetters are reminded to review the Fish Creek dip net regulations on page 15 of the 2019 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.
For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Palmer Office at (907) 746-6300.