State Closing Saltwater Sport Fishing In Bear Cove

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

Beginning Wednesday, September 15, 2021, the saltwater area of Bear Cove near Medvejie Hatchery is closed to sport fishing. The closure includes all waters of Bear Cove east of a line from a point on the Baranof Island shoreline at 57°00.63′ N. latitude, 135°09.80′ W. longitude to 57°01.07′ N. latitude, 135°09.93′ W. longitude; (see below map).

Coho salmon returning to Medvejie Hatchery is not expected to meet broodstock goals in 2021. To date, no coho salmon have been collected for broodstock while 3,000 are needed. This closure is necessary to provide sufficient numbers of coho salmon to meet broodstock needs.