Saturday, September 01, 2007

Knik Arm Coho Restricted to Catch & Release

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.

Susitna Landing Renovated

From an ADFG News Release:

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Sport Fish Access Program recently completed a boating access improvement project at Susitna Landing, which was funded through the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program. The facility received many new improvements providing easier and safer public access to the facility for shore angling and recreational boating opportunities within the Susitna River drainages.

The facility improvements include riverbank restoration/stabilization in the form of riprap, cobbles, bank access stairways, and vegetation; completion of three camping loops and new electrical RV hook-ups within two of the loops; road improvements and overflow parking; a concrete vaulted toilet, and a shower building; picnic tables, fire rings, landscaping, fencing, manual and electric gates, and a new septic system.

The Susitna Boat Launch is located near the confluence of the Kashwitna and Susitna rivers, one mile down Susitna Landing Road, at Mile 82.4 of the George Parks Highway, The boat launch facility is owned by Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish. However, private, state-contracted on-site concessionaires Ron and Marilyn Wilson operate and manage the facility. There are fixed fees for parking, camping and boat launching.

Pullen Creek Open for Kings in SE Alaska

From an ADFG News Release:

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that effective at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 25, the closure of salt water near the mouth of Pullen Creek has been rescinded and Pullen Creek in Skagway will be open to sport fishing for king salmon. In Pullen Creek, the bag and possession limit is ten king salmon of any size, bait is allowed, and the nonresident annual limit for king salmon does not apply to king salmon caught in Pullen Creek. This regulation will remain in effect through September 14, 2007.

This additional opportunity is being provided to allow harvest of hatchery-produced king salmon that have returned to Pullen Creek in numbers exceeding broodstock needs.

Anglers are reminded that snagging is prohibited in fresh water. Fish that are hooked anywhere other than in the mouth must be released immediately.

In addition, the closure of salt water near the mouth of Pullen Creek has been rescinded effective at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 25. All salt water in Taiya Inlet is open to sport fishing, subject to Southeast Alaska regional bag, possession, and annual limits.