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An emergency order has been issued prohibiting the use of bait in the lower portion of the Deshka River. This change goes into effect at 6:00 a.m., Saturday, June 12, through 11:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 13, 2010. 

The area affected by the bait restriction in the Deshka River is from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G marker near Chijuk Creek, and all waters of the Susitna River within a one-half mile radius of the Deshka River confluence. The Deshka River 300 feet upstream and downstream of the ADF&G weir located at river mile seven (7) remains closed to all fishing.

The escapement goal for the Deshka River drainage is 13,000 to 28,000 king salmon, as measured at the weir located at river mile seven (RM 7). On average, approximately 12 percent of the escapement - or about 3,500 king salmon - have passed the weir by June 9. Although king salmon numbers are building and catch rates in the sport fishery have increased, only 544 fish have been counted through the weir. Therefore, it is warranted to slow the king salmon harvest down until more of the run develops and run projections have a greater level of precision. If the king salmon return to the Deshka River fails to show signs of improvement by early next week, addition restrictions will be forthcoming.

For more information, contact the Palmer Area Office at (907) 746-6300.
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