Kodiak Daily Mirror - Monashka closed to king fishing Dog Salmon River red limit increased
Monashka closed to king fishing, Dog Salmon River red limit increased
Jun 27, 2014 | 214 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released emergency orders closing king salmon fishing in Monashka Creek and Monashka Bay and increasing the red limits in the Dog Salmon River drainage to 10 per day.

The emergency order for the Monashka area will go into effect tomorrow morning, June 28, at 12:01 a.m. and will remain in effect until August 1. The emergency order for the Dog Salmon River is effective as of this morning, June 27, at 12:01 a.m. until the end of the year.

For the Monashka area, king fishing is prohibited in the entire Monashka Creek drainage and within the bay inside a straight line from Miller Point to Termination Point.

Only non-baited single hook setups may be used to fish for species other than kings, or chinooks. Catch-and-release fishing for kings is not allowed and any kings caught by accident must be released immediately.

A statement from ADF&G stated that they are closing the fishery because they need brood kings, and none have been caught. Each year, ADF&G collects 100 kings — 50 males and 50 females — to use in hatcheries.

“Each year since 2004, at least 50 percent of the brood stock collection goal has been met as of June 25,” the statement said. “So far this year, no adult king salmon are available from Monashka Creek for brood stock collection.”

If it looks like the department will be able to catch enough brood kings, the fishery may be reopened.

For the Dog Salmon River, located on the southwest side of Kodiak Island, the limit of red salmon is increased to 10 per day with 10 in possession.

The escapement goal for that river is 75,000 to 170,000 fish, and as of June 25, 79,500 had escaped. ADF&G expects escapement to exceed the goal.

Contact the newsroom at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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