Starting at 5 a.m. Friday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is increasing some salmon limits in Fish Creek, according to a release sent Thursday.

The limit will be six salmon per day and six in possession, with the following restrictions:

•     No kings may be taken

•     No more than two fish per day and in possession may be coho salmon

•     Fish must be 16 inches or longer

Additionally, sport fishing will be allowed seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“This year’s sockeye run to Fish Creek is solid and has exceeded the escapement goal of 15,000-45,000 fish,” said Area Management Biologist Sam Ivey. “After a successful dipnet fishery followed by a great weekend of youth-only fishing, it’ll be nice to finish off the season by creating additional sport fishing opportunity for rod and reel anglers wishing to put up a few more fish for the winter.”

Even with the increased limits, biologists still expect to achieve their escapement goal for coho salmon this season, which is between 1,200 and 4,400 fish. To date, 1,057 fish have passed through the weir.

The new limits are in effect until midnight on Dec. 31.

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