The following press release is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:
– Effective 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is increasing the bag and possession limit for coho salmon, 16 inches or greater in length, to six per day in Ship Creek from its mouth upstream to a cable 100 feet downstream of the Chugach Power Plant dam.
A stream survey conducted on Ship Creek on August 23, 2017, counted over 1,600 coho salmon upstream of the fishery. The escapement above the Chugach Power Plant dam will meet the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery’s coho salmon brood stock goal and allow for some natural spawning in Ship Creek; therefore, it is warranted to increase the coho salmon bag and possession limit in the section open to salmon fishing to allow for increased harvest of surplus hatchery fish.
“With each tide there are still plenty of nice looking coho coming into Ship Creek and since it looks like we are going to meet our hatchery and natural spawning needs, let’s go fishing” said Brittany Blain-Roth, Anchorage Sport Fisheries Assistant Area Manager. Please remember that a foul-hooked or snagged fish, a fish hooked elsewhere than in the mouth, needs to remain in the water and be released immediately. A coho salmon 16 inches or longer that is removed from the water must be retained and becomes part of the bag limit of the person who originally hooked the fish.