The Alaska Department of Fish and Game expects more than 35,000 salmon to pass through Fish Creek and so is opening the Fish Creek Personal Use Dipnet Fishery, which can only be opened by emergency order.

Dip netting for salmon other than kings will be allowed from 6 a.m. Friday, July 26 through 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 31. The department issued the emergency order announcing the opening on Thursday.

There are several rules to be aware of before dip netting at Fish Creek.

  • Both a resident sport fishing license and an Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Salmon Permit are required.
  • Each household is allowed one Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Salmon Permit; permits will not be reissued to households that have already returned them.
  • Permits cover four fisheries: dip netting on Fish Creek, the Kenai River and the Kasilof River plus gillnetting on the Kasilof River. Limits are for a combination of the fisheries, not each fishery individually.
  • The yearly harvest limit is 25 salmon for the head of household and 10 salmon for each additional person in the household.
  • King salmon can’t be kept. Any king that’s caught may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
  • Don’t trespass on private property – all property south of Fish Creek along Knik Arm is privately owned. Anglers must get permission from property owners to use their land.

Dip netters are encouraged to review the Fish Creek dip net regulations on page 15 of the Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary.

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