Minto Flats Northern Pike Bag Limits Reduced

The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Sport Fishing Bag Limit Reduced for Minto Flats Northern Pike

(Fairbanks) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is reducing the bag and possession limit for northern pike in all lakes and flowing waters of the Minto Flats area (including the Chatanika and Tolovana drainages, and Minto Lakes). The bag and possession limit is reduced to two fish, only one of which may be 30 inches or greater in length. This northern pike bag and possession limit reduction will be in effect from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, June 1 through 11:59 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2022.

Between January 1 and March 29, over 750 fish northern pike had been harvested in the subsistence fishery from the Chatanika River between an ADF&G regulatory marker 1 mile upstream from the confluence of the Chatanika River and Goldstream Creek and a regulatory marker approximately 1 mile downstream of Murphy Dome Road. When subsistence harvest in this area exceeds 750 fish, the Minto Flats Northern Pike Management Plan (5 AAC 74.044)mandates a northern pike sport fish bag and possession limit of two fish for the 2022 season.