KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Sport Fish announced on April 19 that the bag and possession limit for all anglers in the terminal waters of Herring Bay, from June 1 through July 31, is increased to three king salmon of any size.
King salmon harvested in the terminal harvest area will not count toward the nonresident annual limit.
The terminal harvest area is defined as the waters of Herring Bay west of a line from the southernmost entrance of Hole-in-the-Wall harbor to the Fish and Game markers located one-half mile north of Whitman Creek (signed and painted rocks), to the fresh/saltwater boundary signs located at the mouth of Herring Cove Creek.
The Alaska Board of Fisheries authorized the department to use its emergency order authority to open terminal harvest areas to target surplus Alaska hatchery king salmon, according to the announcement.
The area opened by this emergency order will allow anglers to target Alaska hatchery-produced king salmon originating from the Whitman Lake hatchery. Projected returns to that facility will exceed broodstock needs, providing a surplus of hatchery fish that will be available for harvest by sport anglers.
King salmon bag, possession and size limits for the waters outside of the designated terminal areas are more restrictive that the limits inside the Herring Bay terminal area. Fish and Game emphasized that anglers be especially “diligent to ensure they do not exceed the king salmon bag, possession or size limit for the area they are currently fishing.”