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Sport Fishing

Region 1-Southeast


Division of Sport Fish
Dave Rutz, Director

Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518


Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Doug Vincent-Lang, Commissioner

P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526
www.adfg.alaska.gov


Advisory Announcement
(Released: June 09, 2020 - Expires: September 30, 2020)

CONTACT: Kelly Reppert
Area Management Biologist
(907) 225-2859

Updated: Sport Fishing Regulations For King Salmon In Southeast Alaska And The Ketchikan Area For 2020

(Ketchikan) - This action does not change king salmon regulations in hatchery areas or during the time periods where special action has been taken to protect Alaska wild stock king salmon (see attached map).

Due to reduced nonresident harvest in the sport fishery related to COVID-19, the sport harvest of king salmon is now expected to be significantly below the Southeast Alaska region king salmon allocation to the sport fishery. This action increases opportunity for king salmon harvest while keeping the sport fishery within Southeast Alaska regional allocation.

The following regionwide regulations, are effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 15 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2020:

Alaska Resident

  • The resident bag and possession limit is three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.

Nonresident

  • The nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.
  • The nonresident annual limit is four king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.
  • Immediately upon landing and retaining a king salmon a nonresident must enter the species, date and location, on their sport fishing license or on a nontransferable harvest record.

The Southeast regionwide bag and possession limits listed above will apply in all areas except as modified below for the inside waters in the vicinity of Ketchikan:

North and Northeast Behm Canal: (see map)

Area Description: in Behm Canal and the contiguous bays enclosed to the north by a line from the western entrance of Bailey Bay to the northern tip of Hassler Island and a line from Fin Point to Dress Point to a line from Cactus Point to Point Eva.

  • Salmon fishing is closed year-round

West Behm Canal, Southeast Behm Canal and Southern Revillagigedo Channel: (see map)

Area Description: In West Behm Canal and the contiguous bays enclosed to the north by a line from the western entrance of Bailey Bay to the northern tip of Hassler Island and a line from Fin Point to Dress Point and to the south by a line from Indian Point to Mike Point. In the waters of southern Revillagigedo Channel enclosed from a line from Lucky Point to Middy Point, continuing to the latitude of Beaver Point and from Point Rosen to Quadra Point and in southeast Behm Canal from Cactus Point to Eva Point.

April 1 to August 14:

King salmon retention is prohibited, king salmon may not be retained or possessed; any king salmon caught must be released immediately and returned to the water unharmed.

August 15 to September 30:

  • Alaska resident bag and possession limit is three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.
  • Nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, annual limit is four king salmon 28 inches or greater in length; harvest record is required.

Remaining waters of District 1: (see map)

Area Description: In the marine waters of Ketchikan north and east from the International Boundary Line at Dixon Entrance from 54°42.48’ N. lat., 130°36.92’ W. long. to 54°40’ N. lat., 131°45’ W. long., continuing north to Caamano Point and enclosed to the north by a line from Indian Point to Mike Point and enclosed to the southeast by a line from Lucky Point to Middy Point, and a line at the latitude of Beaver Point, and a line from Point Rosen to Quadra Point.

April 1 to June 14:

  • King salmon retention is prohibited, king salmon may not be retained or possessed; any king salmon caught must be released immediately and returned to the water unharmed.

June 15 to August 14:

  • Alaska resident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.
  • Nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, annual limit of three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length; harvest record is required.

August 15 to September 30:

  • The Alaska resident bag and possession limit is three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.
  • Nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, annual limit is four king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length; harvest record is required.

District 2: (see map)

April 1 to June 14:

  • King salmon retention is prohibited, king salmon may not be retained or possessed; any king salmon caught must be released immediately and returned to the water unharmed.

June 15 to September 30:

  • The Alaska resident bag and possession limit is three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.
  • Nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, annual limit is four king salmon 28 inches or greater in length; harvest record is required.

Hatchery Areas

This announcement does not change king salmon regulations for the Mountain Point, Herring Cove, Neets Bay and Thomas Basin terminal harvest area where special regulations are in place to allow opportunity for Alaska hatchery-produced king salmon. Please see the announcements released on May 26, 2020 for bag, possession, and annual limits in these areas.

Anglers fishing north of the Ketchikan area should review the news release announcing regulations for the Petersburg/Wrangell area.

For further information concerning this announcement please contact Ketchikan Area Management Biologist, Kelly Reppert at (907) 225-2859.

Updated: Sport Fishing Regulations For King Salmon In Southeast Alaska And The Ketchikan Area For 2020

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