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    Default Ship Creek closes to kings July 7

    Not enough fish for hatchery broodstock needs...

    July 03, 2014
    An emergency order has been issued to close Ship Creek below the Chugach Power Plant dam to sport fishing. It will reopen July 14 for the coho salmon fishery. These restrictions go into effect 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 7.

    The William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery collects broodstock from king salmon returning to the Ship Creek drainage for the primary purpose of providing king salmon sport fishing opportunities in the Anchorage Area. An estimated 750 fish are needed to obtain the required broodstock. To date, 153 fish have entered the raceway at the hatchery, and a survey conducted July 2nd from the hatchery downstream to the upper end of the sport fishery counted only 133 additional king salmon.

    Indications are the Ship Creek king salmon run followed the trend seen throughout much of Southcentral this year and was a few days early. Good catches have been reported the last three weeks in this popular fishery, but are slowing as the run winds down. With less than 300 king salmon observed upstream of the fishery, it is prudent to close the fishery to help achieve the goal.
    For more information about this emergency order, contact Assistant Area Sport Fisheries Management Biologist Mike Thalhauser in Anchorage at (907) 267-2186.
    "Let every angler who loves to fish think what it would mean to him to find the fish were gone." Zane Grey
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    They really need to install a fish counter at the dam. These visual surveys are a poor way to determine the in-river fish counts. I also find the complete closing of the facility for 6 days to be sort of ridiculous. The silvers and some reds showed up last week. Why not just snip the end of the king season and EO "any king hooked must be released unharmed and not removed from the water" and allow folks to fish for the silvers and reds this week? Isn't this exactly what will happen defacto on July 14th when the king season officially ends anyway?


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