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SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA PERSONAL USE FINFISH FISHERIES DIP NETTING TIPS

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GENERAL PERSONAL USE REGULATIONS AND INFORMATION

· Only Alaska residents, as defined on page 3, are eligible to participate in personal use fisheries. Nonresidents may not participate in personal use fisheries. For example, nonresidents may not handle any of the gear or operate a boat that is being used for personal use fishing, or have in their possession fish harvested in a personal use fishery. · "Personaluse"istaking,fishingfor,orpossessionoffinfish,shellfish,orotherfisheryresources, by Alaska residents for personal use and not for sale or barter, with gill or dip net, seine, fish wheel, long line, or other means defined by the Board of Fisheries. · Inallpersonalusefisheries,asportfishinglicenseisrequired(unlesstheanglerisunder16): · Foranglersaged16to59,aresident Alaska sport fishing license must be in possession of the person who is personal use fishing. · ForAlaskaresidentanglers60orolderandforAlaskaresidentdisabledveterans,theADF&G PID card or DAV card must be in possession of the person who is personal use fishing. · Insomepersonalusefisheries,apermitisrequiredinadditiontothesportfishinglicense. · Salmonsportfishingbagandpossessionlimitsareinadditiontothoseallowedunderpersonal use fishing regulations. · Kenai/Kasilof dipnetting hotline, including commercial openings: Anchorage (907)267-2512. · SelectedCookInletsonarestimatesandweircounts:Soldotna(907)262-9097. · Smelt(hooligan)dipnettinghotline:Anchorage(907)267-2515. · PersonaluseregulationsfordipnettingatChitinacanbefoundinthesportfishingregulation summaryfortheArctic-Yukon-KuskokwimareaorontheRegion3website. · Chitinadipnettinghotline:Anchorage(907)267-2511,Glennallen(907)822-5224.

Stay off the dunes!

Driving on the beach

Do not camp, walk, drive cars or 4-wheelers, or otherwise disturb the fragile dunes. Foot access is only through established footpaths, and walkways. The vegetation anchors the dunes, which in turn anchor the river beds. The dunes help prevent flooding and erosion and provide habitat for birds and animals. Please respect private property as if it were your own, and do not trespass, including "cutting through" with your vehicle or 4-wheeler. To protect the dunes, do not drive your car or ATV above the high tide mark. Local land managers may have vehicle access restrictions. Land managers have fire restrictions. Refuse service may not be available. Please pack out your own trash.

Fires Pack out trash Tidal currents can be fast Fish processing

If you are shore fishing, we suggest you wear a life jacket or have flotation readily available. The tides are very strong and can create unexpected hazards. If you are fishing from a boat, life jackets for adults are required by law to be available, and it is law that children under 13 wear their life jacket in an open boat. Use facilities if provided, do not process fish on stairs, on boardwalks, on boat ramps or on parking lots. Dispose of fish waste responsibly by using facilities provided or return waste to the river in small pieces if allowed. If you process fish at home dispose of waste properly by taking the waste to a landfill where allowed. Never discard fish waste onto the open countryside.

COOK INLET--NORTH GULF COAST PERSONAL USE HERRING

· Open season in salt waters north of Anchor Point is April 1­May 31; in Cook Inlet south of Anchor Point, including Resurrection Bay, open season is January 1­ December 31. · There is no bag or possession limit for personal use herring, and no permit is required. · Herringmaybetakenforpersonalusewithgillnets,dipnets,orcastnets.Gillnetsmaynot beusedtoharvestherringinTurnagainArm(saltwaterseastofalinefromPointPossession toPointCampbell--seemaponpage18).CastnetsmaybeusedonlyinKachemakBayeast ofalinefromAnchorPointtoPointPogibshi(seemaponpage18). · A cast net is a circular net with a mesh size of no more than one and one-half inches and weights attached to the perimeter which, when thrown surrounds the fish and closes at the bottom when returned. · InCookInletnorthofAnchorPointandintheNorthGulfCoast,herringgillnetsmaynot exceed20ftinlength,2-inchstretchmesh.SouthofAnchorPoint,gillnetsmaynotexceed 50ftinlength,2-inchstretchmesh. · A gillnet must be attended at all times when it is being used to take fish. · Seealso"sportfishinggearforherringandsmelt,"page17.

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A little common courtesy will help promote safety and make the fishery fun for all. Personal Use Salmon Cook Inlet Personal Use Fisheries website: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=Per sonalUseByAreaSouthcentral.main

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Personal Use Salmon

PERSONAL USE FISHERIES (continued)

CHINA POOT CREEK DIP NET FISHERY

· Nopermitisrequired.SockeyesalmonmaybetakenJuly1­August7 inChinaPootCreek(onthesouthshoreofKachemakBay)upstream ofADF&Gmarkers. · Thebagandpossessionlimitsare6sockeyesalmonperpersonper day. Only sockeye salmon may be retained.

COOK INLET--NORTH GULF COAST PERSONAL USE SMELT (HOOLIGAN)

· OpenseasonforsmeltinsaltwatersisApril1­May31;infreshwaters,itisApril1­June15. · Thereisnobagorpossessionlimitforpersonalusesmelt,andnopermitisrequired. · Smeltmaybetakenbydipnetinanyfreshorsaltwater. · DipnetsmaybeusedtoharvestsmeltthroughouttheKenaiRiverApril1­June15. · Small,handheldgillnetsmaybeusedtotakesmeltintheKenaiRiverfromitsmouthupstreamtoan ADF&GmarkerlocatedatCunninghamPark.Nogillnetmayexceed20ftinlength,4ftindepth,and1½ inches mesh size. The net must be attended while it is in the water. The open season for this gillnet fishery is April 1­May 31. · Call(907)267-2515forrecordedinseasoninformation. · Seealso"sportfishinggearforherringandsmelt,"page17.

KACHEMAK BAY COHO SALMON GILLNET FISHERY

· Apermitisrequired.PermitsareavailablefromtheHomerADF&G officefromAugust1untilthefisherycloses. · ThefisheryopensAugust16orduringthenextopenfisheryperiod. Fishingoccursfrom6:00a.m.Mondayuntil6:00a.m.Wednesdayand from6:00a.m.Thursdayto6:00a.m.Saturday.Thefisherycloseswhen 1,000­2,000cohosalmonareharvested.Permitholdersmustreport catches on a daily basis. · Gearisa35-fathomgillnet.Meshsizemaynotexceed6inches.Depth ofthenetmaynotexceed45meshes. · Nopartofasetgillnetmaybeoperatedwithin600ftofanotherset gillnet. No person may operate more than one set gillnet. No part of asetgillnetmaybesetoroperatedmorethan500ftfromthemean high water mark. No set gillnet may be set seaward of another set gillnet. · Theyearlyharvestlimitis25salmonforthepermitholderand10 salmon for each additional household member.

COOK INLET PERSONAL USE SALMON FISHERIES

· Permits are required forpersonalusefisheriesatKenai,Kasilof,Fish Creek, and for the Kachemak Bay coho salmon gillnet fishery. No ANNUAL PERMIT LIMIT permit is required for the China Poot Creek personal use fishery. In Cook Inlet, only one personal · Kenai,KasilofandFishCreekpermitsareavailableatmostlicense use salmon permit may be vendors in the Mat-SuValley, Eagle River, Anchorage, and Kenai i s s u e d to e a c h h o u s e h o l d Peninsula. All Cook Inlet personal use salmon permits are free of per year. A household may charge. have either one Kenai/Kasilof/ Fi s h C r e e k p e r m i t o r o n e · Onlyonepermitperhousehold,notonepermitperperson. Kachemak Bay coho salmon · KachemakBaycohosalmongillnetfisherypermitsareavailableonly gillnet permit, but not both in attheADF&GHomerOffice,andonlyafterAugust1.Call(907)235the same year. 8191formoreinformation. · PermitsmustbereturnedtoADF&Gbythedateindicatedonthe permit.Failuretoreturnthispermitmayresultina$200fineandlossofyourfuturepersonalusefishing privileges. · Youmusthaveacurrentyear'sAlaskasportfishinglicense(ortheADF&GPermanentIDorDAVcard)to obtain a permit. · A person may not possess salmon taken under a personal use salmon fishing permit unless both tips of the tail fin have been immediately removed from the salmon. Immediately means before concealing the salmon from plain view or transporting the salmon from the fishing site. This definition of immediately applies only to the personal use fishery and DOES NOTapplytorecordingkingsalmon(orotherfish)takeninthesport fishery on the sport fishing license or harvest record. · Allfishharvested(salmonandflounder)mustberecordedonthepermit,inink, immediately upon harvesting the fish.

DIP NET: STATEWIDE DEFINITION FOR ALL FISHERIES

By regulation, a dip net is defined as a bag-shaped net supported on all sides by a rigid frame. The maximum straight-line distance between any two points on the net frame, as measured through the net opening, may not exceed 5ft.Thedepthofthebagmustbeatleastone-halfthegreateststraightline distance as measured through the net opening. No portion of the bag may be constructed of webbing that exceeds a stretched measurement of 4½ inches. The frame must be attached to a single rigid handle and be operated by hand.

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KENAI ·KASILOF ·FISH CREEK PERSONAL USE SALMON FISHERIES

· In addition to a resident fishing license, a permit is required. The permit covers four fisheries: gillnetting ontheKasilofRiver,dipnettingontheKenaiRiver,dipnettingontheKasilofRiver,anddipnettingonFish Creek. Alaska residents may participate in one or all of these fisheries. · Thetotalyearlyharvestlimitis25salmonand10flounderforthepermitholderand10salmonforeach additionalhouseholdmember.Thelimitiscombinedforallfourfisheries,notforeachfishery.Onlyone(1) kingsalmonmayberetainedfromtheKenaiRiverdipnetfishery.NORETENTIONofkingsalmonisallowed intheKasilofRiverorFishCreekdipnetfisheries. Closed to dipnetting from shore

Kasilof River personal use set gillnet fishery

Fishing allowed within 1 mile of shore. Avoid off-shore channel visible at low tide.

Kenai River dip net fishery

· Open July 10­July 31. Fishing is KENAI RIVER allowedonlybetween6:00a.m.and SHORELINE DIP NET 11:00p.m. Kenai AREA · Open area from shore: from the ! commercial fishing markers located in BOAT DIP NET Cook Inlet north and south of the river AREA mouth, upstream to the downstream Warren Ames Soldotna Bridge edge of the Warren Ames Bridge, ! (River mile 5.1) except for a section of the north Regulatory Regulatory Public shorefromanADF&Gmarkerbelow Markers Marker Boat the terminus of Main St. to ADF&G Launch markersneartheKenaiCityDock. · Open area for boats: from ADF&G Cook markers near the Kenai City Dock Inlet upstream to the downstream edge Warren Ames Bridge of the Warren Ames Bridge. Fish MAY 4 stroke or two-stroke (River mile 5.1) DFI motors only NOT be taken from a boat powered by a two-stroke motor, other than direct fuelinjection(DFI). KASILOF RIVER

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· OpenJune15­June24.Fishingallowedonly KASILOF RIVER et Inl between6:00a.m.and11:00p.m. PERSONAL USE GILLNET AREA Regulatory · Openarea:saltwatersabout1milenorthand Markers southoftheKasilofRivermouth,asdefinedby ADF&Gmarkers.Fishingprohibitedbeyond1 mile from the mean high water mark, and is alsoprohibitedwithintheflowingwatersor overthestreambedorchanneloftheKasilof River at any stage of the tide. · Anykingsalmoncaughtmayberetained. · Only one set gillnet per household may be fished. A set gillnet is a gillnet that has been intentionally set, staked, anchored, or otherwise fixed. Set gillnets may not exceed 10 fathoms (60 feet) in length, 6 inches in stretchedmeshsize,and45meshesindepth. A minimum distance of 100 feet must be maintained between nets. Each personal use fisherman must write his/her first initial, last name, and home address on any keg or buoy attached to a gillnet. A keg or buoy attached to a gillnet must also be inscribed with the name ortheAKnumberofthevesselusedtooperatethegillnet. · Thepermitholder(orahouseholdmembernamedonthepermit)mustbephysicallypresent at the fishing site at all times when the gear is being fished. · Netsitesarestrictlyona"firstcome,firstserved"basis.Theplacementofsigns,runninglines, buoys, or dry nets on the beach in anticipation of incoming tides does not constitute any prior right to a net location. Sites are established only when the net actually enters the water.

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· Open June 25­August 7. Fishing is allowed 24 hours/day,7days/week. · Openarea:fromADF&GmarkerspostedonCook InletoutsideofthemouthoftheKasilofRiver,to about1mileupstreamtoADF&Gmarkers. · Fishmaybetakenfromthebankorfromaboat.

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Fish Creek dip net fishery

FISH CREEK PERSONAL USE DIP NET AREA

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Only 1 (one) king salmon may be retained from the Kenai River dip net fishery. NO RETENTION of king salmonisallowedintheKasilofRiver or Fish Creek dip net fisheries.

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