(Released: August 19, 2021 - Expired: August 21, 2021)
CONTACT: Samantha Oslund
Assistant Area Management Biologist
(Palmer) - The 2021 Eklutna Tailrace Coho Salmon Youth-Only Fishery will take place from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2021. The Eklutna Tailrace Youth-Only Fishery allows anglers 15 years and younger to fish from the confluence with the Knik River upstream to the pedestrian bridge. The Eklutna Tailrace is located at mile 3.5 on the Old Glenn Highway. Sections dedicated to this Youth-Only Fishery are closed to anglers 16 years and older, including catch-and-release fishing, but the remainder of the Tailrace will be open to fishing for anglers of all ages.
“Eklutna is a great atmosphere to teach kids how to fish and watch them in action. The coho fishing this season has been fair, but regardless, this is a good place to take them with no competition from adults, and then practice their new skills in other locations,” stated Assistant Area Management Biologist Samantha Oslund.
Remember, youth anglers do not need a sport fishing license. Anglers are allowed to use bait and multiple hooks, meaning no more than two single hooks or two treble hooks per line. While adults may assist youth anglers with baiting a hook, casting, and landing a fish, youth anglers need to set the hook themselves. The bag and possession limit is three coho salmon per day.
For additional information, please review page 40 of the 2021 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet or contact the ADF&G Palmer office at (907) 746-6300.