(Released: June 16, 2020 - Expired: June 20, 2020)
CONTACT: Jay Baumer
Area Management Biologist
(Anchorage) - The 2020 Youth-Only Fishery for king salmon on Ship Creek in Anchorage will take place Saturday, June 20, 2020, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. New this year: The end time of the Youth-Only Fishery was extended to 11:00 p.m. at the December 2019 Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting.
Anglers who are 15 years of age and younger will have the opportunity to fish for king salmon in Ship Creek between the Bridge Restaurant and the C Street bridge. This Youth-Only Fishery was established by the Alaska Board of Fisheries to provide a special opportunity for young people to get out and go fishing. Youth anglers do not need a sport fishing license or king salmon stamp but do need a Sport Fish Harvest Record Card. Any king salmon harvested must be recorded immediately. Although people age 16 and older can assist youth anglers with landing a fish, this section of Ship Creek is closed to all fishing, including catch-and-release, for anglers 16-years and older during this time. As with all fisheries in Alaska, the fish belongs to the angler that sets the hook.
The bag and possession limit for king salmon 20 inches or greater is one per day. These king salmon count toward the Cook Inlet annual limit of five king salmon, 20 inches or longer. The bag and possession limit for king salmon less than 20 inches is five per day. Bait is allowed during this time. Snagging is not allowed.
Just a reminder to all our anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by following and reviewing the current State of Alaska Health Mandates in effect. This includes practicing social distancing while sport fishing and wearing a face covering when fishing and if you are needing fishing supplies from your local store as indicated in Health Alert 010.
For current regulations and a map of the Youth-Only area, please see page 49 of the 2020 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.
For additional information, please contact the Anchorage Sport Fish Information Center at (907) 267-2218.