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

Advisory Announcement
(Released: August 02, 2021 - Expired: December 31, 2021)

Area Management Biologist
(907) 746-6300

Larson Creek Closed to Sport Fishing for All Salmon Species

(Palmer) - With low sockeye salmon numbers in Larson Creek, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is closing sport fishing for all salmon species in the Larson Creek drainage and within a one-quarter mile radius of its confluence with the Talkeetna River effective 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 4 through 11:59 p.m. Friday, December 31, 2021.

“The sustainable escapement goal for sockeye salmon in Larson Creek is 15,000 - 35,000 fish,” stated Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey. “The weir count through August 1, 2021, was 1,746 fish nearing the time when typically 50% of the run is complete. A conservative management approach is prudent at this point given the escapement goal has not been achieved in the past two years. The department will continue to monitor run strength at Larson Creek. If run strength improves to a level that would achieve the escapement goal, restrictions to the sport fishery may be rescinded.”

Salmon may not be targeted, retained, or possessed and must be released immediately if caught incidentally. Sport fishing for and harvest of species other than salmon is not affected by this emergency order and may proceed from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day. Larson Creek is in Unit 5 of the Susitna River drainage. Additional regulatory information can be found on page 35 of the 2021 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet.

For additional information, please contact Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey at (907) 746-6300.