(Released: August 21, 2017 - Expired: December 31, 2017)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Sam Ivey, Area Management Biologist
(Palmer) - Effective 5 a.m. on August 22, 2017, the Department of Fish and Game is increasing the sport fishing bag and possession limit for salmon, including coho salmon, to four fish, in waters open to salmon fishing on Fish Creek. In addition, fishing will be allowed at Fish Creek seven days per week, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.
The four fish salmon limit is a combined bag and possession limit of coho, sockeye, chum, and pink salmon. After taking a bag limit of salmon, a person may not sport fish that same day in any waters open to salmon fishing.
Bait and multiple hooks (meaning no more than two single hooks or two treble hooks per line) will be permitted in these fisheries.
The sustainable escapement goal (SEG) for coho salmon in Fish Creek is 1,200-4,400 fish. As of August 20, 2017, weir counts indicate 3,302 coho salmon have passed the weir. Based on weir counts and average run timing, the department is projecting to exceed the SEG.
The Jim Creek coho salmon run is managed separately to achieve the escapement goal established for that system. Other Knik Arm waters, including the Little Susitna River, the Eklutna Tailrace, and Wasilla and Cottonwood creeks also remain unaffected by this emergency order.
For more information, please contact Sam Ivey at (907) 746-6300.