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(a) Northern pike stocks in the lakes and flowing waters of the Minto Flats support both subsistence and sport fisheries. The purpose of this management plan is to provide the department with guidance to achieve the goals of managing these stocks consistent with sustained yield principles, providing a reasonable opportunity for the priority subsistence fishery, and providing a sport fishing opportunity. The Minto Flats northern pike management plan for the sport fishery is set out in 5 AAC 70.044.
(b) The department shall manage the Minto Flats northern pike subsistence fishery as follows:
(1) the maximum exploitation rate of northern pike in the lakes and flowing waters of the Minto Flats by all users may not exceed 20 percent annually;
(2) the following provisions apply to the harvest of northern pike in the Minto Flats area subsistence fishery:
(A) the open fishing season is from January 1 through December 31;
(B) there is no daily or annual bag limit;
(C) a person must obtain an ADF&G subsistence harvest permit before participating in the subsistence fishery and must have that permit in possession when participating in the fishery;
(D) gillnets may be used only from April 15 through October 14;
(E) a hook and line attached to a rod or pole may be used only when fishing through the ice;
(F) if the subsistence harvest reports indicate that 1,500 or more northern pike have been harvested from the Chatanika River drainage upstream of the confluence on the Chatanika River and Goldstream Creek during the period from January 1 until these waters are free of ice, the commissioner shall close, by emergency order, these waters to fishing for northern pike through the ice; and
(G) in the Chatanika River drainage upstream from the confluence of the Chatanika River and Goldstream Creek to an ADF&G regulatory marker located at the boundary of the Fairbanks non-subsistence area (approximately one mile downstream from the Murphy Dome Road), only single hooks may be used.
History: Eff. 5/9/98, Register 146; am 6/17/2001, Register 158
Authority: AS 16.05.060
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