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From an ADFG News Release:

An Emergency Order has been issued to restrict Campbell and Chester creeks, including University Lake, to catch-and-release only for rainbow / steelhead trout. This restriction goes into effect Thursday, May 3, 2007, for the remainder of the year. Anglers may not keep rainbow / steelhead trout from these streams, or from University Lake, and must return rainbows to the water unharmed.

Bait is still allowed on Chester Creek, and in Campbell Creek downstream of the forks near Piper Street. This Emergency Order does not affect Anchorage area stocked lakes, where the rainbow trout bag limit currently remains 5 per day / 5 in possession, only 1 per day / 1 in possession 20 inches or longer. This Emergency Order also does not affect Arctic char / Dolly Varden in these streams.

In 2006, due to the loss of warm water at the state hatcheries, only one-third of the usual Anchorage area rainbow trout quantity was available for stocking. Campbell Creek, normally stocked with 3,000 rainbow trout, was stocked with only 1,525 rainbows, and Chester Creek received only 325 rainbows. And this year, due to pathology concerns at Elmendorf Hatchery, neither of these streams will be stocked with rainbow trout.

Campbell and Chester creeks are very popular summer fisheries, so this action has been taken to help ensure good fishing opportunities throughout the year, and to protect the native populations of rainbow trout that reside in both streams.

For more information on the pathology concern, see the news release posted on the ADFG website.

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