(Released: February 10, 2020 - Expires: December 31, 2020)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Craig Schwanke, Area Management Biologist
Juneau - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is announcing the 2020 sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat. These regulations will be effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The regulations are:
- Alaskan Resident
- The resident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length;
- From October 1st 2020, through March 31st 2021, a resident sport angler may use two rods when fishing for king salmon, a person using two rods under this paragraph may only retain salmon.
- The nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length;
- From January 1 through June 30, the total harvest limit is three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length;
- From July 1 through July 7, the total harvest limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested from January 1 through June 30 will apply toward the two fish total harvest limit;
- From July 8 through December 31, the total harvest limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested from January 1 through July 8 will apply toward the one fish total harvest limit;
- Immediately upon landing and retaining a king salmon a nonresident must enter the species, date and location, in ink, on the back of their sport fishing license or on a nontransferable harvest record.
King salmon nonretention areas in the Haines, Skagway, Juneau, Petersburg, Wrangell and Ketchikan vicinity will be in effect beginning April 1 in order to protect wild Alaska king salmon stocks. These will be announced separately.
The Southeast Alaska king salmon sport fishery is managed under the directives of the Southeast Alaska King Salmon Management Plan (5 AAC 47.055). This plan prescribes the above management measures based upon the Southeast Alaska Winter Troll CPUE. The Southeast Alaska Winter Troll CPUE for the 2020 season is 4.83 which equates to 37,900 king salmon allocated to the sport fishery. To address the implementation of the new treaty agreement which includes provisions to reduce the Alaska harvest ceiling the following year if the Alaska harvest ceiling is exceeded, the Southeast Alaska king salmon sport fishery will be conservatively managed for a total king salmon treaty harvest of 37,120 fish. The Southeast Alaska king salmon fishery will be monitored in season and management action will be taken if needed to keep the sport fishery within the sport allocation.
For further information regarding sport fisheries in Southeast Alaska, contact the nearest ADF&G office or visit: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/EONR/index.cfm