There is finally some good news for
sport fishermen in Kodiak in the midst of an otherwise dismal salmon season. The
Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced it is doubling the sockeye salmon
bag and possession limit in the Saltery Cove drainage.
According to Fish and Game, the new
limits have increased to 10 per day and 10 in possession. The escapement goal
for Saltery Cove is 15-thousand to 30-thousand sockeye salmon. Donn Tracy of
Fish and Game said that as of Tuesday the weir count was up to about
The previous bag and
possession limits for Saltery Cove were five sockeye salmon per day and five in
possession. The new limits went into effect this (Thursday) morning at 12:01
1 27 sec. "And at that number of fish ... in
the sport fishery.")
Tracy said the new limits
were put in place in an attempt to control escapement into Saltery Creek, which
he said has been a problem in the past.
2 11 sec. "It looks like we're going to be
... harvest those surplus fish.")
Tracy said some anglers may
face a challenge in taking advantage of that opportunity however because of the
condition of the road leading to Saltery Cove.
3 36 sec. "You need an ATV or ... 14 miles or ride a bike.")
Tracy described the
increased limits as a bit of good news for sport fishermen in a year when they
have suffered due to weak runs elsewhere.
4 40 sec. "Especially given the ... appears
to be real strong.")