New Fishing Rules for Mat-Su, Kenai, Kodiak and Anchorage
The Board of Fisheries adopted several regulation changes in February that will be in effect for the 2011 fishing season, according to the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.
Alaska Dept. of Fish Game
The Board of Fisheries adopted several regulation changes in February that will be in effect for the 2011 fishing season, according to the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game:
King salmon sport fisheries:
Coho salmon sport fisheries:
- The Chuitna, Theodore, Lewis, and Beluga rivers are closed to sport fishing for king salmon.
- Goose Creek within Unit 2 of the Susitna River is closed to sport fishing for king salmon.
- On Parks Highway streams within Unit 2 of the Susitna River that are open to king salmon fishing:
- The fishing season was shortened. Fishing is open until the third Monday in June and for the following two consecutive three-day weekends (Saturday - Monday). For 2011, the season is from January 1 - June 20, June 25 - June 27, July 2 - July 4.
- From May 15-July 13, fishing for all species is allowed only from 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.
- These new regulations apply to Willow, Little Willow, Grays, Caswell, Sheep, Montana, Sunshine, and Rabideux creeks, and the Kashwitna River.
- On a portion of the Susitna River at the farthest downstream mouth of Willow Creek also known as the “first mouth” of Willow Creek from May 1 - July 13, fishing from a boat for any species is prohibited. The area closed to fishing from a boat is from a marker located on the upstream bank, downstream approximately 300 yards to another marker.
- On the Talachulitna River, anglers retaining a king salmon 20 inches or longer must stop fishing for king salmon within a one-mile radius of the mouth of the Talachulitna River for the remainder of the day.
- In fresh waters of Cook Inlet, a coho salmon removed from the water shall be retained. No person may remove from the water a coho salmon he/she intends to release.
- The bag and possession limit for coho salmon is increased from two to three in streams of West Cook Inlet north of West Forelands to the Susitna River. Streams within this area include the Chuitna, Theodore, Lewis, and tributaries of the Beluga River.
- The bag and possession limit for coho salmon is increased from two to three in all streams within Units 3, 5, and 6 of the Susitna River drainage.
- Talkeetna River streams (Unit 5) include Clear, Larson, and Prairie creeks.
- Chulitna River streams (Unit 6) include Byers, Honolulu, Troublesome, and the East Fork Chulitna.
- Upper Susitna streams (Unit 3) include Indian and Portage creeks.
General salmon fishery: