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Beginning Thursday, June 17, the bag limit for sockeye salmon in Resurrection Bay waters has been increased. According to the Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), the new bag and possession limit is 12 fish per day in the Resurrection River and adjacent salt waters of Resurrection Bay. The new limits are to remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on July 31.

“The area of the bag and possession limit increase includes the fresh waters downstream from the Seward Highway and downstream from Nash Road to the ADF&G regulatory saltwater markers and in the marine waters of Resurrection Bay north of a line from Caines Head to the north point of Thumb Cove.” says a release from the department.

In freshwater, only unbaited, single-hook, artificial lures or flies are allowed for salmon fishing, and snagging is not allowed. The fresh and saltwater zone lines are marked in the Resurrection River by signs.

Anglers are reminded that snagging is not allowed in freshwater. Only unbaited, single-hook, artificial lures or flies are allowed in the freshwater area open to salmon fishing. For additional information on the Resurrection Bay salt waters and fresh waters, please review pages 78 and 80 of the 2021 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet.

“Through June 14, a total of 9,587 sockeye salmon have passed the Bear Creek weir and fish are still entering the river system,” stated Area Management Biologist Jay Baumer. “The Bear Lake sustainable escapement goal has been achieved and the hatchery broodstock requirements are anticipated to be met. This allows the department to provide some additional sockeye salmon harvest opportunity.”

For additional information, please contact Area Management Biologist Jay Baumer at (907) 267-2265.

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Michael Paschall is publisher of the Seward Journal and president of TriDelta, Incorporated Publishing, owners of the Seward Journal.