Ak Fishing News: Susitna Sockeye Catch & Release Only August 11
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From an ADFG News Release:
Beginning Saturday, August 11, at 12:01 a.m., anglers may not keep or possess sockeye (red) salmon in the entire Susitna River drainage, which is described as Susitna River Units 1-6 on page 23 of the 2007 Southcentral Alaska sport fishing regulation booklet.
Popular sockeye salmon systems in the Susitna River drainage include Larson Creek (Talkeetna River drainage); the Talachulitna River; and Hewitt, Lake, and Shell creeks.
Sockeye salmon escapement for the Susitna River drainage, as measured by the Yentna River sonar project, is approximately 60,613 through August 6. The Yentna River accounts for approximately 50% of the entire Susitna River drainage sockeye salmon return. On average, approximately 95% of the escapement has passed the sonar by August 6. At this time the total sockeye salmon escapement is projected to be approximately 63,573 fish, well below the escapement goal range of 90,000 to 160,000 fish. Therefore, it is warranted to prohibit the retention of sockeye salmon while sport fishing in Susitna River drainages.
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