Ak Fishing News: Deshka King Limit and Hours Increase
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From an ADFG News Release:
The bag and possession limit for king salmon 20 inches or longer has been increased from one (1) per day two (2) in possession to two (2) per day four (4) in possession in that part of the Deshka River open to king salmon sport fishing. Also, fishing is allowed 24 hours-per-day. These changes go into effect 6:00 a.m., Friday, May 25, through 11:59 p.m., Friday, July 13, 2007.
The area affected by the increased bag and possession limit and fishing hours in the Deshka River is from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G marker near Chijuk Creek, and all waters of the Susitna River within a one-half mile radius of the Deshka River confluence. The Deshka River 300 ft. upstream and downstream of the ADF&G weir located at river mile 7 remains closed to all fishing.
King salmon returns to the Deshka River have been above the escapement goal range for the past eight years, and the 2007 king salmon return should also be well above the goal. The average Deshka River king salmon sport harvest is about 7,400 fish annually, and even with a 3,000 – 5,000 fish increase, the escapement should be within the middle to upper range of the escapement goal. All other regulations for the Deshka River remain in effect.
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