Ship Creek Coho Salmon Limits Increased To Six

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

(Anchorage) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is increasing the bag and possession limit for coho salmon, 16 inches or greater in length, to six per day and six in possession in the Ship Creek drainage from its mouth upstream to a cable 100 feet downstream of the Chugach Power Plant dam. This regulatory change is effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, August 20 through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, December 31, 2020.

“Things are looking good for meeting coho salmon needs at the hatchery and additional coho salmon continue to come in with each tide,” stated Area Management Biologist Jay Baumer. “With the anticipation of meeting hatchery needs, it is time to increase the bag and possession limits to allow anglers to harvest surplus hatchery fish.”

Currently it is estimated that over 1,000 coho salmon have made it upstream of the sport fishery. This will fulfill the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery coho salmon brood stock goals and natural spawning requirements for Ship Creek. It is justified to increase the coho salmon bag and possession limit to provide anglers an additional opportunity to harvest surplus fish entering Ship Creek.

For additional information, please contact Area Management Biologist Jay Baumer at (907) 267-2265 or the Sport Fish Information Center at (907) 267-2218.