The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is increasing bag limits for sockeye and coho salmon in parts of the Mat-Su Valley. 

ADF&G says Fish Creek, off Knik Goose Bay Road in Wasilla, has seen a great run of sockeyes, so it’s opening up the sport fishing period and increasing bag and possession limits.

“Over 43,000 sockeye salmon have been counted at the Fish Creek weir with an escapement goal of 15,000-45,000 fish,” said Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey. “The projected escapement is expected to be over 47,000 fish; therefore, it is warranted to increase the open fishing period, and bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon and allow sport anglers an additional sport fishing opportunity.”

Sport fishing is allowed seven days a week, from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Limits for salmon (other than kings) 16 inches or longer are six per day and six in possession. But no more than four per day and in possession can be coho, in all Fish Creek waters where fishing is allowed.

After taking a bag limit on any given day, anglers cannot sport fish in any waters open to salmon fishing for the rest of that day. Bait and multiple hooks (two single hooks or two treble hooks per line) are allowed.

Also in the Valley, bag and possession limits for coho have increased in the Little Susitna River to three per day and three in possession, for the open fishing waters downstream of the Parks Highway Bridge. These limits are in combination with those for pinks, chums and sockeyes, which are three per day and in possession for fish 16 inches and longer.

Ivey urges everyone to be aware of their surroundings while fishing on the Little Su.

“ADF&G wants to remind anglers to be cognitive of the high and turbid conditions the Little Susitna River drainage is experiencing with the recent rains,” Ivey said. “We know anglers are excited to get out and fish, but we want to make sure they are staying safe while fishing on the waters.”

The provisions went into effect at 5 a.m. Wednesday and stay in place until 11:59 p.m. on December 31.

And finally, the bag and possession limits for coho salmon, 16 inches or longer, for Cottonwood and Wasilla Creeks has increased to four per day for all waters open to salmon fishing. Fishing will be allowed Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. These provisions go into effect Aug 10 at 11:59 p.m. 

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