June 7, 2012 | Vol. 39, No.23

Liberalized King Salmon sport fishing regulations rescinded near Petersburg

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish announced that the liberalized king salmon sport fishing regulation that have been in effect in the salt waters of District 8 near Petersburg and Wrangell will be rescinded. As of Monday, June 4, the king salmon sport fishing regulations for the waters of District 8 will be the same as those in effect for the entire Southeast region. These regulations are as follows:

Alaska Residents — The resident bag and possession limit is three king salmon; 28 inches or

greater in length;

Nonresidents — The nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or

greater in length; — The nonresident annual limit is four king salmon; 28 inches or greater in

length;

From October 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013, all sport anglers may use two rods when sport fishing for king salmon.

The 2012 Stikine River king salmon preseason estimate projected an allowable catch of Stikine River king salmon. This allowable catch stipulated liberalized king salmon sport fishing regulations in District 8 as directed by the Stikine River King Salmon Management Plan. However, the department’s May 30 inseason estimated terminal run size of 20,950 Stikine River king salmon does not provide an allowable catch. Therefore the liberalized regulations in District are no longer justified under the provisions of the Stikine River King Salmon Management Plan.

For more information contact the Division of Sport Fish in Petersburg at (907) 772- 5231.

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