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King Salmon Sport Fishing Regulations Liberalized.
Published: 04/15/2010 11:30:00
The Alaska department of fish and game has just recently announced that king salmon sport fishing regulations for the Juneau area have been liberalized for this spring.
Brian Glynn, a biologist with the department, explains why.
For Most of southeast Alaska, sport fishing for king salmon is managed under a quota thats set by the pacific salmon commission. There a couple situations where certain waters can be managed independently of that quota. And one of them is the salt waters near the mouth of the Taku River. In years where the expected return for the Taku River is forecasted to exceed the escapement goals, the sport fishery can be liberalized to provide additional harvest opportunities.

This year, the Taku river king run is indeed expected to exceed those escapement goals, and therefore the following regulations will be in effect from April 25th, through the end of June. When fishing for kings, each angler can use two rods; this applies to both charter and private vessels, and is a rare added bonus.
Glynn says that doesnt happen every year, in the Juneau area, its happened probably 3 or 4 times since the opportunity was first provided in 2005
However, anglers should note that no more than six lines may be fished from any sport vessel in Southeast Alaska.
Resident anglers will have a bag and possession limit of three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length and for Nonresidents it will be two and the nonresident annual limit will be five king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length;
In addition, the salt waters of upper Taku Inlet that are normally closed to king salmon fishing during the spring and early summer will be open.
For more information, you can contact the division of Sport fish at 465-4270


http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/

By: Rik Pruett - rik@kath.tv