Ak Fishing News: Juneau Hatchery King Fishing Open
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From ADFG News Releases:
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced recently that king salmon sport fishing regulations for freshwater drainages crossed by the Juneau road system, which are open to sport fishing, and in the hatchery terminal harvest area (THA) near Juneau will be liberalized to provide recreational anglers additional opportunity to harvest surplus hatchery king salmon. The new regulations will be in effect from 12:01 A.M. Friday, June 1 through Friday, August 31, 2007.
The new regulations for both the freshwater area and the Juneau THA are as follows:
Only a few king salmon may stray into most streams on the Juneau road system.
- The daily bag and possession limit is 4 king salmon, no size limit.
- King salmon harvested in these freshwater areas by nonresidents do not count toward their annual limit.
However, the department expects that over 500 king salmon will enter Fish Creek on Douglas Island. Therefore, in Fish Creek Pond (see attached map), regulations that pertain to sport fishing methods and means will also be liberalized as follows:
In the remaining fresh waters of Fish Creek and in all intertidal waters within a 200 yard radius of the creek mouth as shown on the enclosed map (excluding Fish Creek Pond), regional freshwater sport fishing methods and means will apply. In these freshwaters, the following is prohibited: the use of bait, weighted hooks and lures, treble hooks with a gap greater than ½ inch between point and shank, attempting to snag fish and retaining fish hooked elsewhere than in the mouth.
- The use bait is allowed.
- The use of weighted hooks and lures, and multiple (treble) hooks with a gap greater than ½ inch between the point and shank is allowed.
- Anglers may retain king salmon that are hooked elsewhere than in the mouth (snagged).
The department is authorized to liberalize sport fishing regulations in the Juneau THA when the number of king salmon returning to Macaulay Hatchery exceeds brood stock needs for the hatchery program.
Anglers cannot possess king salmon in excess of bag and possession limits for the area they are fishing and regulations prohibit the possession of king salmon less than 28 inches when fishing outside of the Juneau THA. Therefore, anglers possessing king salmon less than 28 inches caught in the Juneau THA, nonresident anglers possessing two king salmon, and resident anglers possessing four king salmon may not fish in areas outside of the THA while these fish are in their possession.
For additional information on this or any inseason regulations changes, anglers should contact the Division of Sport Fish office at (907) 465-4270, or visit the ADFG website.
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