(Released: August 23, 2017 - Expired: December 31, 2017)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Samantha Oslund, Assistant Area Management Biologist
(Palmer) – Effective 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017, the Department of Fish and Game is increasing the sport fishing bag and possession limit for coho salmon, to four fish, in waters open to salmon fishing on Cottonwood and Wasilla creeks. In addition, fishing will be allowed on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays at Cottonwood and Wasilla creeks from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day.
The coho salmon limit is combined with the bag and possession limit of sockeye, chum, and pink salmon. After taking a bag limit of salmon in any of these waters, a person may not sport fish that same day in any water 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 22, 2017, weir counts indicate approximately 4,720 coho salmon have passed the weir and the SEG has been exceeded. Based upon previous studies, there is a correlation in run size between runs to Fish Creek and runs to other Knik Arm streams, specifically Cottonwood and Wasilla creeks. A recent staff survey of lower Wasilla Creek indicates an above average run for that system is likely to occur as predicted by the correlation.
The Jim Creek coho salmon run is managed separately to achieve the escapement goal established for that system. Jim Creek and the stocked terminal fishery at the Eklutna Tailrace are unaffected by this emergency order.
For more information, contact Samantha Oslund at (907) 746-6300.