(Released: August 17, 2017)

Division of Sport Fish
Tom Brookover, Director
Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Sam Cotten, Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Contact: Samantha Oslund, Assistant Area Management Biologist
(907) 746-6300

Youth-Only Fishery at the Eklutna Tailrace, Saturday, August 19

(Palmer) - A portion of the Eklutna Tailrace from the confluence with the Knik River, upstream to the pedestrian bridge, will be open to fishing only for anglers age 15 years and younger on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The remainder of the Eklutna Tailrace will be open to fishing for anglers of all ages. The Eklutna Tailrace is located at mile 3.5 on the Old Glenn Highway.

“We encourage adults to bring young anglers out to the Eklutna Tailrace on Saturday to give them a shot at catching coho salmon,” said Samantha Oslund, Palmer Assistant Area Management Biologist.

The bag and possession limit is three coho salmon. Anglers are allowed to use bait and multiple hooks (meaning no more than two single hooks or two treble hooks per line). Adults can assist young anglers in baiting the hook and casting, but as this fishery is open only to anglers 15 years and younger, anyone 16 years of age or older may not fish in the section open only to youth anglers.

Youth- Only Fisheries were established by the Alaska State Legislature and implemented by the Alaska Board of Fisheries to provide special opportunity for young people to get out and go fishing.

For more information, contact Samantha Oslund at (907) 746-6300.