Fish Creek dipnetting to open Friday

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Fish Creek dipnetting season opens Friday at 6 a.m. after managers say the sockeye escapement goal has been reached.

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game data, fish did not start coming until July 21, but have already reached the escapement goal, with runs expected to top 35,000. To date, the run is still below last year's, but with 11,792 fish recorded on Wednesday, July 24, the late run appears strong.

Last year, the run ended with 71,556 sockeye through the weir.

Daily dipnetting takes place between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. and residents are required to abide by the same recording rules as the Kasilof and Kenai fisheries. Household quotas for the three Cook Inlet rivers are combined.

ADF&G reminds dipnetters that the majority of property adjacent to Fish Creek downstream of the Knik-Goose Bay Road Bridge is privately owned, as well as all of the property south of Fish Creek along Knik Arm.

Chinook (King) salmon cannot be taken.

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