Bag limit increased for Chena, Salcha kings

Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) People can keep more large king salmon from the Chena and Salcha rivers under limits that began Saturday.

The daily sport-fishing bag and possession limits for king salmon 20 inches and longer has been increased to three fish.

Recent assessments of the Tanana River component of the Yukon River run indicate high enough returns to give fishermen a bonus this year.

By Friday morning, the escapement goal of 6,500 on the Salcha River had been reached and the Chena goal of 5,700 was expected to follow.

More than 1,000 fish passed counting stations both Thursday and Friday and reports from downriver said more fish were on the way.

A half-mile radius of the Tanana River at the mouths of the Chena and Salcha is included in the bag limit increase.

The Chena is closed to salmon fishing upstream from Moose Creek Dam and the Salcha is closed upstream of a marker about 2 1/2 miles upstream from the Salcha River Bridge.

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