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King Salmon Limits Increased in Ketchikan Sport Fishery Areas


June 02, 2011

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish recently announced that the bag and possession limit for king salmon in two Ketchikan terminal sport fishery areas from June 1 through July 31, 2011 is six (6) king salmon of any size. King salmon harvested in the terminal harvest areas by nonresidents DO NOT COUNT toward the nonresident annual limit.

The Alaska Board of Fisheries authorized the department to use its emergency order authority to open terminal harvest areas to target surplus Alaska hatchery king salmon. The areas opened by this emergency order will allow anglers to target Alaska hatchery-produced king salmon originating from four hatcheries (primarily Neets Bay, Deer Mountain, Whitman Lake, and Tamgas) in the Ketchikan area. Projected returns to these facilities will exceed broodstock needs, thus a surplus of hatchery fish are available for harvest by local sport anglers.

The Ketchikan terminal sport fishery areas are as follows:

• In the waters of Nichols Passage north of the latitude of Driest Point; in Revillagigedo Channel north of the latitude of Harbor Point; in Tongass Narrows south of the latitude of Lewis Reef light, and;

• Neets Bay east of the longitude of the easternmost tip of Bug Island.

jpg Ketchikan Terminal Harvest Areas

Map courtesy ADFG

Anglers should note that regional king salmon bag and possession limits for the salt waters outside of the designated terminal harvest areas are more restrictive than the limits inside the terminal areas; and that regulations prohibit anglers from possessing fish that exceed the limits for the waters where they are fishing or are below the minimum size limits. Therefore, anglers who catch king salmon within the designated terminal harvest areas may not continue to fish outside of the terminal areas if they possess king salmon that do not comply with the regional king salmon bag and size limits.

Anyone needing information on this subject should call the Ketchikan ADF&G, Division of Sport Fish office at 225-2859.



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Alaska Department of Fish and Game

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