July 12, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 28

Blind Slough closes to sport fishing and king salmon bag limits decrease

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish announced July 11, a closure to sport fishing in Blind Slough to ensure adequate brood stock collection at the Crystal Lake Hatchery (CLH) necessary for future releases of king salmon in the Petersburg area. The closure includes all waters of Blind Slough upstream of a line between Blind Point and Anchor Point, from Friday July 13 through Sunday August 5th, 2012.

The king salmon regulations for the marine waters of the Wrangell Narrows Terminal Harvest Area (THA), will be the same as those in effect for the 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.

Monitoring of sport and commercial king salmon harvests and escapement to Crystal Lake hatchery have indicated a weaker than expected return of kings in 2012. In the most recent aerial survey on July 9, approximately 300 king salmon were observed in Blind Slough. The brood stock goal (500 females/ 500 males) is unlikely to be achieved with the current fishing regulations. Closure of the fishery within the freshwater areas will help ensure additional king salmon entering Blind Slough will survive for use as brood stock.

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

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