Just heard from a few folks that attended the Board of Fish meetings last week in Cordova that the Klutina River will be closed for fishing for king salmon from Jan. 1 thru June.
In the past the Klutina opened on June 15 so this regulation will take two weeks off of the front end of the fishery. I just thought that anyone planning a vacation for that annual opener should get a heads up.
They had an article in the news miner about the changes yesterday. King fishing will be closed in June, but open until August 10. A new rule also states that if you intend to realease a fish, such as a snagged one, that you have to keep the fish in the water to release it. A good rule IMO, I hate seeing people drag the fish up the bank, only to toss them back in the water.
Originally Posted by iceblue
I thought that was always a rule for salmon in all rivers.
Originally Posted by growden1
I left out an important part, if the fish is removed from the water, snagged or not, it must become part of the daily bag limit. Heres a copy of the article on the link below.
Originally Posted by arrowslinger
Fish out of water.
I have never read a general or state wide rule in the regulation for Alaska fishing that states "all" species of fish released must be kept in the water. I do not believe it even says that about king salmon, except for in specific regions, rivers and tributaries. It may not be ethical by some standards, but not illegal.
can not find anything about "keep all in" on the link above
Regional Regulations: for South Central have this:
do not remove it from the water. A king salmon 20” or longer
removed from the water must be retained, and becomes a
part of the bag limit of the person originally hooking it.
However Regional Regulations for Artic-Yukon-Kuskokwim have nothing at all on king salmon in the water rule? all the way down to each river nothing about "keep a fish in the water" whether its a grayling, pink salmon, or king salmon or pike. It may say no retention and immediate release, but nothing about keeping a fish in the water.
If any one can show me in the regulation were it is a blanket general or state wide rule on this, please show me. I have never read of a rule for state wide "all fish" or "all salmon" must be kept in the water if not being retained (released). I have only see it for king salmon in specific regions and for specific waters. I would like to see if there is a blanket rule for this just for king salmon.
Anyone got other info?
So dose that mean I can go down to the river snag a fish and if I drag it onto the beach I can keep it? Something just isn't right about that you might want to read that artical again
Originally Posted by growden1
Once a salmon has been removed from the water it then becomes part of your bag limit applies only to the Copper River drainage under the new regulation that was adopted by the Board of Fish.
Interesting to say the least. Hope that a regulation like that does not spread into other fisheries accross Alaska.
It doesn't say you can or have to keep a snagged fish, you just can't get it out of the water to release it or you will be fined. It's about 3/4 of the way down the article linked to in the first post.
As for the rest of the state, I must have read that for the creeks I fish kings in down here and I just accepted it as truth for all. Guess I should have ended that other post with a question mark.
hmm....whose says you cant? Of course you can keep a fish that is snagged, It unethical and unlawful, but wheter or not F&G sees you doing it will determine whether you get a ticket or not. It isn't something I practice. Read the article again? I posted the link to the article so I wouldn't pass on any false or misunderstood information.
Originally Posted by bryasch