Minto Flats Northern Pike Limits Reduced

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

The Division of Sport Fish 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 decreased 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. Saturday, June 1 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2019.

Between January 1 and the ice-free period of 2019, 820 northern pike were 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 harvests in this area exceed 750 fish, the Minto Flats Northern Pike Management Plan (5 AAC 74.044) mandates a two fish northern pike sport fish bag and possession limit for the 2019 season.

For additional information contact Heather Scannell, Tanana River Area Management Biologist, 907-459-7357.