Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
CONTACT: Craig Schwanke
(Juneau) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is announcing the 2021 sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat. These regulations will be effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021 through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2022. The regulations are:
- The resident bag and possession limit is three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length;
- 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 the back of their sport fishing license or on a nontransferable harvest record;
- From October 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022 a sport angler may use two rods when fishing for king salmon, a person using two rods under this regulation may only retain salmon.
King salmon non-retention 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), which prescribes management measures based upon the Southeast Alaska Winter Troll CPUE. The Southeast Alaska Winter Troll CPUE for the 2021 season is 3.85 which equates to 37,900 king salmon allocated to the sport fishery. To address the implementation of the new Pacific Salmon 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 concerning this announcement please contact the Prince of Wales Island Area Management Biologist, Craig Schwanke at (907) 826-2498 or visit: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.eonr.