KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Spring is typically the time of year that sport fishing for chinook salmon gets underway in earnest in Southeast Alaska.
However, significant restrictions are in place for the sport harvest of king salmon throughout Southeast Alaska, including in the Ketchikan area.
The adjacent map from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game gives a visual representation of the areas where no retention of sport-caught king salmon has been allowed since April 1.
Some areas, including the immediate Ketchikan area that includes Clover Pass, Point Higgins, Tongass Narrows, Gravina Island, Mountain Point, George Inlet, Carroll Inlet and Thorne Arm, are closed to the retention of Ketchikan salmon through June 14. Beginning June 15, the resident bag limit will increase to one king salmon of 28 inches or greater in length in this area, through Aug. 14.
A separate announcement regarding king salmon regulations for terminal harvest locations where Alaska hatchery-produced king salmon are expected to return is anticipated, according to department information.
Salmon fishing is closed year-round in the north and northeast Behm Canal area.
Other restrictions apply. For further information, contact Fish and Game.