The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has opened the Chitina Subdistrict Personal Use Dipnet Fishery for a 168-hour period from 12:01 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. This is the longest opening of the season thus far.
The personal use fishery will then be open on the following schedule for the remainder of the season.
Thursday, August 16, 6 a.m. through Sunday, August 19, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 23, 6 a.m. through Sunday, August 26, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 30, 6 a.m. through Sunday, Sept 30, 11:59 p.m.
The count at the at the Miles Lake sonar as of July 28 was 701,577 salmon. F&G says the continued expected salmon run indicates sufficient numbers of salmon to meet or exceed the lower bound sockeye salmon escapement goal with limited fishing opportunity in the Chitina Subdistrict personal use dip net fishery. The Miles Lake sonar operations ended for the season on July 29.
The annual limit is 25 salmon for the head of household and 10 salmon for each dependent of the permit holder.
Of the total limit, only one king salmon may be retained per household.
Personal use fishers must possess both their Chitina Personal Use fishery permit and a valid resident sport fishing license when fishing. Steelhead cannot be kept and must be returned to the water unharmed.
Harvest must be recorded on the permit immediately and the tips of the tail of personal use caught fish must be clipped immediately upon landing a fish.
More Information about the fishery can be found at the ADF&G web site: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=PersonalUsebyAreaInteriorChitina.main, or by calling the ADF&G office in Glennallen at (907) 822-3309.
People scheduling a trip to Chitina should check for any changes on the status of the fishery on the information line at (907) 822-5224.