Ak Fishing News: Knik Arm Coho Restricted to Catch & Release
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From an ADFG News Release:
Beginning 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2007, anglers may not keep or possess coho salmon in the Knik Arm Management Area, excluding Fish Creek and the Eklutna Tailrace. The management area is described on pages 33-35 of the 2007 Southcentral Alaska sport fishing regulation booklet.
Popular coho salmon systems affected by this regulation in the Knik Arm area include the Little Susitna River, Wasilla Creek (Rabbit Slough), Cottonwood Creek, and Jim Creek. All other regulations will remain the same.
The 2007 return of coho salmon to most of the Knik Arm Management Area streams appears to be below average. Both commercial and recreational catch rates have been below average as well. As of August 29, only 3,098 coho salmon have passed the Little Susitna weir. Based on these weir counts and on a survey of fish below the weir, the Department is projecting a total escapement of 7,746 coho salmon, well below the escapement goal range of 10,100 to 17,700 fish.
Fish Creek and the Eklutna Tailrace are excluded from this restriction. Sport catches and weir information on Fish Creek indicate that this 2007 coho salmon return is above average. The Eklutna Tailrace is a stocked coho fishery.
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