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Sport Fishing

Region 1-Southeast


(Released: February 10, 2020 - Expires: December 31, 2020)

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


Contact: Patrick Fowler, Area Management Biologist
(907) 772-5231

Sport Fishing Regulations For King Salmon In Southeast Alaska And The Petersburg/Wrangell Area For 2020

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the 2020 region wide sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and the modifications for the Petersburg/Wrangell Area. The following region wide regulations, are effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2021:

Alaska 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 angler may use two rods when fishing for salmon.

Nonresident

  • The nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches of greater in length.
  • From January 1 through June 30, the nonresident total harvest limit is three king salmon;
  • From July 1 through July 7, the nonresident total harvest limit is two king salmon, 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 nonresident total harvest limit is one king salmon, any king salmon harvested from January 1 through July 7 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.

The Southeast region wide bag and possession limits above will apply in all areas except as modified below for the inside waters in the vicinity of Petersburg/Wrangell:

In the majority of marine waters within the management area: (Districts 6, 10 and portions of District 5, District 7, and District 9; see attached map)

  • April 1 to June 14, 2020: The retention of king salmon is prohibited, any king salmon caught must be released immediately.
  • June 15 to December 31, 2020: Alaska resident bag and possession limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.

In the waters adjacent to the Stikine River: (District 8 and a portion of Eastern Passage near Wrangell; see attached map)

  • April 1 to July 14, 2020: The retention of king salmon is prohibited, any king salmon caught must be released immediately.
  • July 15 to December 31, 2020: Alaska resident bag and possession limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.

A separate news release will be issued at a later date announcing king salmon regulations for locations where Alaska hatchery-produced king salmon are expected to return. Fishing opportunity in the Anita Bay terminal harvest area and Blind Slough terminal harvest area will open on June 1, 2020 and the City Creek release site will open June 15, 2020.

Anglers fishing north of the Petersburg/Wrangell area should review the news release announcing regulations for the Juneau and Haines/Skagway areas. Anglers fishing south of the Petersburg/Wrangell area should review the news release announcing regulations for the Ketchikan area.

For further information concerning this announcement please contact Petersburg/Wrangell Area Management Biologist, Patrick Fowler at (907) 772-5231.

SPORT FISHING REGULATIONS FOR KING SALMON IN SOUTHEAST ALASKA AND THE PETERSBURG/WRANGELL AREA FOR 2020

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