(Released: June 21, 2017)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Brittany Blain, Assistant Area Management Biologist
(Anchorage) - The 2017 Youth-Only Fishery for king salmon on Campbell Creek in Anchorage will take place from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25.
Anglers who are 15 years of age and younger will have a chance to fish for king salmon on Campbell Creek between Dimond Boulevard and the Old Seward Highway. The Youth-Only Fishery was established by the Alaska State Legislature and implemented by the Alaska Board of Fisheries to provide a special opportunity for young people to get out and go fishing. Youth anglers do not need a sport fishing license or king salmon stamp but do need a Harvest Record Card. Any king salmon harvested must be recorded immediately on the Harvest Record Card. While adults can assist youth anglers in landing a fish, this section of Campbell Creek is closed to all fishing, including catch-and-release, for anglers 16 and older during this time. As with all fisheries in Alaska, the fish belongs to the angler that sets the hook.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game staff and volunteers will be at the Taku-Campbell Lake parking lot off of 76th and King Street to help young anglers, from approximately 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 24. Fishing rods will also be available for kids to check out and use on a first come basis during this timeframe.
The harvest limits for king salmon 20 inches or greater is one per day, and one in possession. These kings count toward the regional annual limit of five king salmon, 20 inches or longer. The harvest limit for king salmon less than 20 inches is five per day, and five in possession. Campbell Creek is closed to fishing for other species of salmon at this time. Bait is allowed during this time. Snagging is not allowed.
Kids may also find rainbow trout and Dolly Varden in the creek. The limits for rainbow trout and Dolly Varden in Campbell Creek are five per day and five in possession for each species. Only one of the rainbow trout can be over 20 inches and only one of the Dolly Varden can be over 12 inches.
For more information, contact the Anchorage Sport Fish Information Center at (907) 267-2218.