ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order (EO) banning bait fishing in an effort to preserve the dwindling coho run this year.
The EO goes into effect on Aug. 14 and lasts until Sept. 30.
Area management biologist Sam Ivey, says that the silver salmon numbers have been declining in recent days.
“The coho run on the Little Su has slowed,” he said in the EO. “Using bait is a very effective way to target coho. By limiting the use of bait, we’re increasing the potential to achieve the escapement goal while still allowing opportunity for harvest.”
The escapement goal has a minimum of 10,100 fish, but as of Aug. 6, only 3,635 fish had passed through the weir. That puts the projected escapement at 8,653.
Anglers are still allowed to fish with artificial lures or flies from the mouth of the river up to the Parks Highway, and may catch up to two coho 16 inches or longer per day. They may not fish for any species of fish from the mouth up to the Parks Highway on that same day they take the bag limit for cohos.
The emergency order can be found here.
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