Snagging Prohibited in Saltwater at the Mouth of Auke Creek

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A small saltwater area in Auke Bay, immediately off the mouth of Auke Creek, will be closed to snagging or attempting to snag fish beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 4, 2008 and remain closed through Sunday, August 31, 2008.  Fish hooked elsewhere than in the mouth must be released immediately.  The use of weighted hooks and lures, except those lures of standard manufacture, and the use of treble hooks with a gap between the point and shank that is larger than one-half inch, are also prohibited.

Sockeye SalmonThese regulations will be in effect inside of a boundary line that extends from the Auke Bay Laboratory’s boat dock south to the two orange floating markers that indicate the location of the University of Alaska’s saltwater intake pipe, and then on to a department regulatory sign located on the Fritz Cove Road shoreline approximately 100 yards south of the mouth of Auke Creek.

This action is necessary to protect adult sockeye salmon returning to the waters of the Auke Lake drainage, which is closed to sockeye salmon harvest.  Although sockeye salmon harvest is already prohibited in this saltwater area, many anglers attempting to snag hatchery-released king salmon inadvertently snag sockeye salmon.  Harvesting sockeye salmon, snagging or attempting to snag fish in this area is a violation. 

For additional information, anglers should call the Division of Sport Fish office in Douglas at (907) 465-4270.