Ak Fishing News: Coghill River Red Limits Increased
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From an ADFG News Release:
In response to a higher-than-expected escapement, the Coghill River sockeye (red) salmon sport fishing bag limit increased to 12 sockeye salmon per day and 24 in possession on 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, July 4, 2007, for the rest of the season. In addition, the closed area around the Coghill River weir will be reduced from 300 feet to 50 feet.
With the sockeye salmon run only about 31% complete, over 18,000 fish have passed through the weir. Typically by this time, only 7,500 fish pass through the weir. The escapement goal range is 20,000 – 40,000 fish, and at present rate of escapement, the run size would exceed 59,000, thus the increased bag limit.
The Coghill River is in western Prince William Sound, 40 nautical miles from Whittier and 85 nautical miles from Valdez. Anglers can fly into Coghill Lake and walk the short distance to the weir area and some of the better salmon holes. Boaters can anchor near the Coghill River inlet, use small skiffs to access the beach, then hike the two miles to the weir area.
Drifting flies under a small sinker seems to be the best method to get sockeye salmon to bite. Anglers have been using both fly rods and spinning gear.
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