(Released: July 30, 2019 - Expired: December 31, 2019)

Division of Sport Fish
Dave Rutz, Director
Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Doug Vincent-Lang, Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Contact: Richard Chappel, Haines/Skagway Area Management Biologist
(907) 766-3638

Chilkoot River and Lake Sockeye Salmon Sport Fish Limits Increased

(Haines) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish is increasing the sockeye salmon bag limit to 12 per day, 12 in possession in Chilkoot River and Lake beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, August 1, 2019 and continuing through the remainder of the year.

ADF&G’s Chilkoot River weir project has passed 101,272 sockeye salmon upstream of the weir as of July 29. This count exceeds the upper end of the escapement goal range of 38,000 to 86,000 sockeye salmon. To allow additional harvest on these surplus sockeye salmon, the department has liberalized the sport fishery and extended subsistence and commercial periods in Chilkoot and Lutak Inlets.

Anglers should follow these guidelines to prevent bears from associating anglers with food.

  • Clean your fish in the river and place fish remains into swiftly moving water.
  • Secure your fish in a vehicle or other bear-resistant container immediately.
  • Store your food, fish and garbage in a vehicle or other bear-resistant container at all times. Never leave food, fish, coolers or garbage unsecured and unattended.
  • Cease fishing when a bear approaches within 100 yards.
  • Release hooked fish by cutting or breaking the fishing line when a bear approaches within 100 yards or when the bear is attracted by your struggling fish, whichever is greater.

Anyone needing further information concerning this announcement should contact the Division of Sport Fish office in Haines at (907) 766-3638

Sport fishing licenses can be obtained online at www.adfg.alaska.gov/Store/.