KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The state has announced the king salmon bag and possession limits for all sport anglers in three designated hatchery sport harvest areas in Ketchikan — Thomas Basin, the Mountain Point Area and Neets Bay.
The bag and possession limit in these areas during specified times will be one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Nonresidents will have an annual limit of three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.
From June 1 through June 14, the limits will be in effect in the Thomas Basin (seaward of the Stedman Street Bridge to the breakwater) and Mountain Point Areas (the waters of George and Carroll inlets north of a line from Mountain Point to Cutter Rocks Light.)
The limits will be in effect in Neets Bay (the waters east of the longitude of the eastern most tip of Bug Island) from June 15 to Aug. 14.
These areas are being opened by emergency order to allow anglers to target Alaska hatchery-produced king salmon originating from the Deer Mountain Hatchery, Whitman Lake Hatchery, Neets Bay Hatchery and the Carroll Inlet remote release, according to the department. “Projected returns to these facilities will exceed broodstock needs, thus a surplus of hatchery fish are available for harvest by sport anglers.
Fish and Game is reminding anglers that until June 15 in Thomas Basin and Mountain Point, and Aug. 15 in Neets Bay, the salt water areas outside of the designated hatchery sport harvest areas are closed to the retention of king salmon.
“Therefore, anglers fishing in multiple areas for other species must be diligent to ensure they do not possess king salmon when fishing in areas that prohibit the retention of king salmon,” states the announcement. “On June 15, 2021 regionwide regulations will apply in the Mountain Point, Thomas Basin and surrounding areas and on Aug. 15, 2021, regionwide regulations will apply in Neets Bay and the surrounding area.”