(Released: August 23, 2017 - Expired: September 30, 2017)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Samantha Oslund, Assistant Area Management Biologist
(Palmer) - Effective 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017, anglers will be allowed to use bait in the Little Susitna River from its mouth upstream to the Parks Highway.
The Little Susitna River coho salmon sustainable escapement goal (SEG) is 10,100-17,700 fish. An emergency order effective August 6, 2017, prohibiting bait on the Little Susitna River was issued to slow the rate of harvest, while the run continued to be assessed. In general, the coho salmon run to Cook Inlet is late and low water conditions through much of the season have likely exacerbated the late run timing to area streams. Daily weir counts have recently increased and the cumulative escapement as of Wednesday morning, August 23, is approximately 9,435 coho salmon and the SEG is projected to be met.
For more information, contact Samantha Oslund at (907) 746-6300.