Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Attention: New King Salmon Fishing Restrictions Beginning May 1st, 2013

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has issued new KING SALMON FISHING RESTRICTIONS for the Kenai Peninsula and Valley streams, over concerns of continued below-average runs.

Read articles about the new restrictions HERE and HERE

Below is the list of restrictions that begin May 1st, 2013 in lower Cook Inlet and the Kenai Peninsula:


Bag and possession limit for king salmon in the Ninilchik River is reduced to one king salmon beginning Wednesday, May 1, 2013 through Sunday, June 30, 2013. Contact: Carol Kerkvliet

Bag and possession limit for king salmon in the Kasilof River is reduced to one hatchery-produced king salmon beginning Wednesday, May 1, 2013 through Sunday, June 30, 2013. Contact:Robert Begich

Only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure will be allowed while sport fishing in the Anchor River, Deep Creek and Ninilchik River beginning Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, June 30, 2013. Contact: Carol Kerkvliet

Annual limit for Anchor River, Deep Creek, Ninilchik River, and a portion of marine waters reduced to a combined annual limit of 2 king salmon beginning May 1. Contact: Carol Kerkvliet

The Anchor River will not open to sport fishing on Wednesdays, as stated in the 2013 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet. In addition, the ADF&G regulatory marker will be relocated downstream. Contact: Carol Kerkvliet

Below is the list of restrictions beginning May 15th, 2013 in Northern Cook Inlet streams:


Susitna River king salmon fisheries (Units 1-6) are restricted beginning Tuesday, May 15, through Friday, July 13. Contact: Sam Ivey

This emergency order limits sport fishing gear to one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure only when fishing in the Susitna River drainage. In addition, a person, after taking a king salmon 20 inches or greater in length, may not fish for any species of finfish on the same day in any waters open to sport fishing for king salmon in the Susitna River Drainage Area

This emergency order also prohibits the harvest of king salmon (any size) in Units 1 (except Deshka River) 2, 3, 5, and 6 of the Susitna River. Where harvest is prohibited, catch-and-release fishing is allowed. In the waters of Unit 2 open to king salmon fishing, fishing for trout and other species is not affected and is allowed as written in current regulation. The Deshka River is open to harvest of king salmon seven day per week; however, only one unbaited, single hook, artificial lure is allowed.

Within Unit 4 (Yentna drainage), except for the Talachulitna River, this emergency order allows harvest to occur each Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and prohibits the retention of king salmon (any size) each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, catch-and-release fishing is allowed, king salmon may not be retained or possessed, and king salmon caught may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately. The Talachulitna River is catch-and-release only seven days per week.

This emergency order is effective from 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2013, through 11:59 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 2013.

Annual limit for Susitna River drainage and Little Susitna River reduced to a combined annual limit of 2 king salmon beginning May 15. Contact: Sam Ivey

The Little Susitna River king salmon fishery is restricted beginning Tuesday, May 15, through Friday, July 13. Contact: Sam Ivey

This emergency order limits sport fishing gear to one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure only when fishing in the Little Susitna River drainage. A single-hook is defined as a hook with only one point. In addition, this emergency order prohibits the retention of king salmon (any size) each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday beginning Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed, but king salmon may not be retained or possessed Tuesday–Friday; king salmon caught may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately. King salmon may be retained on each Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in the Little Susitna River.

This emergency order is effective from 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2013, through 11:59 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 2013. The area affected by this emergency order includes all waters open to king salmon fishing within the Little Susitna River drainage from its mouth upstream to the Parks Highway.

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