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
All Anchorage Drainages
- A coho salmon 16 inches or longer that is removed from fresh water must be retained an becomes part of the bag limit of the person who originally hooked the fish. A person may not remove a coho salmon 16 inches or longer from the water before releasing it.
- Entire drainage closed to fishing January 1 – July 13.
- Entire drainage closed to fishing April 15 – June 14.
- Open to coho salmon fishing July 14 – October 1 from the ADF&G marker at Dimond Boulevard upstream to ADF&G markers located near Shelikof Street and ADF&G markers located just upstream of Lake Otis Parkway to markers located at the North Fork/South Fork confluence near Piper Street.
- Entire drainage closed to sport fishing April 15 – June 14.
- Arctic grayling bag limit 5 fish per day, 5 in possession, only 1 fish per day greater than 12 inches in length. Symphony Lake was removed from the Anchorage Area Stocked Lakes and streams section, and is closed to all fishing May 1—June 30.
- Closed to fishing from 100 feet upstream of the Chugach Power Plant Dam upstream to Reeves Boulevard April 15 – June 14.
- For more information about fishing regulations and changes, refer to the 2011 Regulations Summary or contact Area Management Biologist Dan Bosch in Anchorage at (907) 267-2153.
Kenai River Drainage:
- The Alaska Board of Fisheries approved changes in February to sport fishing regulations for the Kenai Peninsula area to take effect for the 2011 fishing season. Changes affecting various freshwater fisheries are summarized below as a service to anglers, and not as a complete digest of all fishing regulations
- All Kenai Peninsula Freshwaters:
- Coho salmon may not be removed from the water prior to release; a coho removed from the water counts toward the bag limit of the person hooking it, and must be retained. · The daily bag and possession limit for burbot is two fish per day, unless otherwise noted under exceptions for specific waters.
- From the ferry crossing near the confluence of the Russian and Kenai rivers, downstream to the power lines, the daily bag and possession limit for coho salmon is one fish per day.
- Below the Soldotna Bridge, a drift boat may have onboard a single motor no greater than 10 horse power to be used to exit the drift boat fishery on Mondays, only after fishing has ceased for the day, and only downstream of Cunningham Park (river mile 6.5). · For approximately one river mile near Eagle Rock, drift-fishing only (no upstream movement relative to the water, with the aid of a motor, even while fighting a fish).
- Kasilof River Drainage:
- Bait is allowed downstream of the Sterling Highway bridge from September 1 through September 15.
- Fishing in Tustumena Lake tributaries is closed from May 2 through June 10.