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
- A youth-only fishery for anglers younger than age 16 was designated for the first Saturday and Sunday in August from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. each day. Sockeye, coho, and pink salmon will be available for these youths from the mouth of Fish Creek upstream to a marker located ¼-mile upstream of Knik-Goose Bay Road.
- Fishing for any fish species is closed within a one-half mile radius of the mouth of Alexander Creek from May 1 - July 13.
- On the Little Susitna River, after retaining a limit of salmon greater than 16 inches, anglers may not fish for any fish species on the Little Susitna River downstream of the Parks Highway the remainder of the day. Previously, an angler who took a bag limit of salmon 16 inches or longer downstream of a regulatory marker located at River Mile 32.5 could not fish for any species of fish in waters open to salmon fishing the remainder of the day. This regulation now applies to all waters open to salmon fishing on the Little Susitna River from its mouth upstream to the Parks Highway, a distance of approximately 70 river miles.
Northern pike fisheries:
- The size limit for northern pike on Alexander Lake was repealed. Additional gear is also allowed. Alexander Lake anglers may continue to use five lines through the ice, but will now be able to use bow-and-arrow and spears to take northern pike, with no bag, possession, or size limit year round.
- Anglers may now fish for northern pike through the ice on Big and Nancy lakes under specific guidelines:
- Five lines from November 1 - March 15;
- Fishing is only allowed 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Note: Current regulations for other species within these lakes have not changed and anglers fishing for other species may fish outside hours designated for pike.
- Hook gap must be at least ¾-inch from point to shank;
- Two single hooks are allowed per line so long as both hooks are attached to the same piece of bait;
- A whole legally recognized bait fish such as a herring or smelt must be used if fishing with bait;
- Bait must be suspended above the bottom of the lake;
- All lines must be closely attended;
- All fish except northern pike must be immediately released unharmed.
- In the Susitna River drainage, including all West-side tributaries and waters of the eastside Susitna River north of Willow Creek, and in all West Cook Inlet area waters, northern pike may not be released back into the water alive. Further, anglers may choose to either discard dead pike in a responsible manner or harvest their catch.