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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced the closure of the northern pike subsistence fishery in the Chatanika River on February 23, 2007. This closure includes the section of the Chatanika River upstream of its confluence with Goldstream Creek to the boundary of the Fairbanks Nonsubsistence Area (approximately one mile downstream from the Murphy Dome Road landing (N 64° 58.931 W 148° 39.691).

To avoid local depletion of over-wintering aggregations of fish, the northern pike subsistence fishery harvest limit for this area is 1,500 fish from January 1 until these waters are free of ice. The Minto Flats Northern Pike Management Plan specifies that once the harvest limit is reached or exceeded during this time interval the fishery in this area will be closed until waters are free of ice. Based on recent fishing effort and catch rates, the department anticipates that the fishery harvest limit will be reached or exceeded by the effective closure date.

Please note: Subsistence pike fishing in the remainder of the Minto Flats area remains open. The Minto Flats Northern Pike Management Plan stipulates that an ADF&G subsistence household harvest permit is required for all areas prior to participating in the Minto Flats subsistence pike fishery and household members must have that permit in possession when participating in the fishery. All subsistence pike fishers must record the date and number of pike harvested on their permits the same day the harvest occurred.

The Chatanika River is closed to sport fishing for pike from Oct 15 – May 31. If you have questions regarding this report, please call the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office in Fairbanks at 459-7274.

For additional information contact Fred Bue, Area Management Biologist, Commercial Fish Div, 907-459-7274.

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