Bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon have been increased in fresh and salt water for Resurrection Bay near Seward.

In salt water, sport fishers can now keep 12 sockeyes each day with a total of 12 in possession, according to an emergency release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The saltwater increase started Friday morning and runs until the end of July, the release said. It covers Resurrection Bay marine waters “north of a line from Caines Head to the north point of Thumb Cove.”

Starting Saturday morning, the bag and possession limit in the certain fresh water areas of Resurrection Bay will increase from three to six sockeye salmon. This will also continue though the end of July, according to the release.

The fresh water areas include “Resurrection Bay drainage specifically in fresh waters downstream from the Seward Highway and downstream from Nash Road to the saltwater,” the release said.

Resurrection Bay freshwater fishing area (Credit: Alaska Department of Fish and Game Sport Fishing Regulations Summary)

Snagging is not allowed in fresh water, the release said. “Only unbaited, single-hook, artificial lures or flies are allowed in this freshwater area open to salmon fishing.”

The Bear Creek weir has seen more than 10,100 sockeye salmon pass though as of last Tuesday “with large numbers of sockeye salmon still entering the river,” the release said.

The release reminds anglers to look at the markers that separate the salt and fresh water zones and that commercial fishers will be in Resurrection Bay over the next few weeks.

More information can be found on page 77 of the 2018 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulation Summary Booklet.

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