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From an ADFG News Release:

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that sport fishing regulations for coho (silver) salmon in the Chilkat River drainage will be liberalized. Effective 12:01 A.M. on Saturday, October 7, 2006, the bag and possession limits for coho salmon 16 inches or greater in length is six per day and twelve in possession in the Chilkat River drainage. The bag and possession limit for salmon less than 16 inches in length is 10 fish.

The inriver run of coho salmon to the Chilkat River is projected to be above the upper end of the escapement goal this year. As of October 3, a total of 3,808 coho salmon have been caught in the Chilkat River fish wheels. This is the third highest catch on record for this date and nearly 40% greater than the 5 year average of 2,747. The department is currently projecting that the inriver run will exceed 100,000 fish. This is well above the Chilkat River escapement goal of 30,000 to 70,000 coho salmon. Therefore, an increase in the bag and possession limit is warranted.

Anglers are reminded that the liberalized regulations do not apply to the Chilkoot River drainage. The bag and possession limit in the Chilkoot River drainage is two coho salmon. Anglers need to remember that you may legally only have the numbers of fish in your possession for the area you are fishing. For example, if you are fishing in the Chilkoot River, you should have no more than two coho salmon in your possession.

If you need further information concerning this news release call (907) 766-2625 for recorded sport fishing information or call the Division of Sport Fish office in Haines at (907) 766-3638.

For additional information contact Randy Ericksen, Haines/Skagway Area Management Biologist, (907) 766-3638.


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