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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish announced that Herring Cove Creek will be open to sport fishing for king salmon from ADF&G regulatory markers located just downstream of the Herring Cove Bridge to ADF&G regulatory markers located approximately 300 yards downstream. These regulations are effective 12:01 A.M. June 28, 2007 through 11:59 P.M. July 31, 2007. The daily bag and possession limit for king salmon is 6 king salmon of any size. King salmon harvested in this freshwater terminal harvest area by nonresidents DO NOT COUNT toward the nonresident annual limit. Freshwater methods and means apply. Snagging is not permitted in freshwater.

The bag and possession limit for salmon, other than king salmon, 16 inches or greater in length, is two fish in combination, and for salmon, other than king salmon, less than 16 inches in length, is 10 fish in combination.

The Alaska Board of Fisheries authorized the department to use its emergency order authority to open terminal harvest areas to target Alaska hatchery king salmon. The area opened by this emergency order will allow anglers to target Alaska hatchery produced king salmon originating from Whitman Lake Hatchery. Projected returns to these facilities will greatly exceed broodstock needs, thus a surplus of hatchery fish are available for harvest by sport anglers.

Anyone needing information on this subject should call the Ketchikan ADF&G, Division of Sport Fish office at 225-2859.

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