(Released: August 08, 2018 - Expired: December 31, 2018)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Sam Ivey, Area Management Biologist
(Palmer) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is increasing the bag and possession limits for coho salmon, 16 inches or greater in length, to four per day and four in possession in all waters of Fish Creek open to salmon fishing. The bag limit for salmon, other than king salmon, remains at six per day and six in possession, which of those six salmon only four per day and in possession may be coho salmon. In addition, sport fishing on Fish Creek will be allowed seven days per week from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day. These provisions are effective 5:00 a.m. Thursday, August 9 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 31, 2018.
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.
This sport fishing regulation liberalization supersedes the Fish Creek coho salmon limits increase issued on August 7, 2018.
“This emergency order allows anglers to harvest additional coho salmon from the waters of Fish Creek that are open to salmon fishing,” stated Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey. “Based on weir counts, the projected escapements for coho and sockeye salmon are expected to be over the higher threshold of the SEG; therefore, it is warranted to allow sport fish anglers not only additional days to harvest salmon but an opportunity to harvest extra salmon on Fish Creek.”
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, Eklutna Tailrace, and Wasilla and Cottonwood creeks remain unaffected by this emergency order.
For additional information, please contact Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey at (907) 746-6300.