Sport King Fishing to Go to Barbless Hooks, Catch and Release

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Sportfishing division has released a new emergency order.


Sportfishing Management Biologist Robert Begich detailed the new regulations.


Begich: “The new restriction is catch and release only,  all king salmon must be realeased regardless of size, in the area of the river that’s still open to king salmon fishing downstream of Slikok Creek and the new restriction is that while fishing for king salmon anglers can only use  a barbless hook.”


This is the first time the barbless hook regulation has been implemented in Alaska during the late run king salmon run, the regulation was passed this spring by the board of fish.


Begich said the reason the regulation has been implemented is because the run is already 25% through the run based on historical run timing and we asked if numbers improve if the regulation will be lifted.


Begich: “We would have to project that we are going to achieve the escapement goal so what we would need is a sustained push of kings and right now what we would need is somewhere between 700 and 1,000 fish per day for an extended period of time.”


This emergency order regarding catch and release  and barbless hook regulations will go into effect Saturday, July 19, at 12:01 am.


For the full Emergency Order click here.

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