The following press release is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish announced today that sport fishing regulations for hatchery king salmon will be liberalized in a designated saltwater hatchery sport harvest area near Juneau (see attached map). These new regulations are intended to provide opportunity to harvest surplus hatchery king salmon returning to the Juneau area.
The hatchery king salmon regulations in the designated saltwater hatchery sport harvest area will be in effect from 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 15 through 11:59 p.m. Friday, August 31, 2018. These new regulations are as follows:
- The daily bag and possession limit is 2 king salmon of any size;
- King salmon harvested by nonresidents in the designated saltwater hatchery sport harvest area do not count toward their annual limit.
The department is liberalizing sport fishing regulations in the designated hatchery sport harvest area due to the number of returning hatchery fish exceeding brood stock needs for the hatchery program.
Anglers should note that the bag, possession and size limits for king salmon in the salt waters outside of the designated saltwater hatchery sport harvest area are more restrictive, and that regulations prohibit anglers from possessing fish that exceed the limits for the waters where they are fishing. Therefore, anglers who catch king salmon within the designated saltwater hatchery sport harvest area may not continue to fish outside of that area if they possess king salmon that do not comply with the regional king salmon bag, possession and size limits.
For additional information contact the Division of Sport Fish Region 1 office in Juneau at (907) 465-4270