A sockeye salmon rests atop a cooler at the mouth of the Kasilof River on Monday, June 26, 2023, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

A sockeye salmon rests atop a cooler at the mouth of the Kasilof River on Monday, June 26, 2023, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Youth-only king salmon fishery at Seward Lagoon extended

A youth-only king salmon fishery at Seward’s Seward Lagoon will be extended through July 16, the Department of Fish and Game announced Tuesday.

The fishery, which includes the Seward Lagoon and its outfall stream, would have been closed next week, on June 30. The department says in Tuesday’s advisory announcement that king salmon are still “trickling into the lagoon,” and extending the season will continue to offer opportunity to the young anglers.

Youth are defined in the announcement as those 15 years old or younger.

Seward Lagoon is stocked annually with king salmon to provide the opportunity for youth, the announcement says. The lagoon is closed to all anglers 16 years old or older.

According to the announcement, adults can assist young anglers, but fish are counted to the bag limit of the angler who hooked the fish. The limit for youth anglers is two fish per day. Any caught king salmon that measure 20 inches or longer must be recorded on a harvest record card, and will count toward the Kenai Peninsula annual limit of five king salmon.

Bait or lures are permitted, but snagging is not allowed in fresh waters.

More information about fishing regulations and availability can be found at adfg.alaska.gov.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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