Spring Troll Fishery Update
Southeast Alaska & Yakutat Commercial Fisheries
2023 Spring Troll Fishery
- 2022 Spring Troll Fishery Management Plan (PDF 4,798 kB)
- 2023 Spring Troll FAS Exemption Permit (PDF 181 kB)
- 2023 Spring Troll and Terminal Harvest Areas (PDF 9,075 kB)
- Summary of Spring Troll Fisheries in Southeast Alaska, 2011–2018 (PDF 9,388 kB)
- Summary of Spring Troll Fisheries in Southeast Alaska, 1999–2010 (PDF 15,803 kB)
- Summary of Management and Harvest During Spring Salmon Troll Chinook Fisheries, 1986–1998 (PDF 1,474 kB)
- Spring troll fisheries target Alaska hatchery-produced Chinook salmon.
- Spring fisheries occur along Chinook migration paths or near hatcheries and release sites. Each spring troll area is managed individually, and fishing periods are opened in season, by emergency order. Fishing areas may change from year to year and are announced after the department conducts a series of meetings in several Southeast Alaska towns.
- Weekly fishing time may be extended or reduced, based on inseason assessment of hatchery contributions from coded-wire tag (CWT) data and historic catch timing for each individual area.
- Although the spring troll fisheries target Alaska hatchery Chinook salmon, Treaty Chinook are also harvested. The Alaska Board of Fisheries has established guideline limits of Treaty fish that may be harvested in each spring fishing area.
- If the preseason Abundance Index (AI) is 1.15 or above, and the number of Chinook salmon remaining on the winter guideline harvest level (GHL) is greater than 15,000 fish, an additional 500 Chinook salmon will be added to the PST limits of each spring troll area tier. With a 2023 preseason AI greater than 1.15 (translated from the 2022–2023 winter troll CPUE metric) and over 20,000 fish remaining on the winter GHL, 500 treaty Chinook salmon will be added to each spring troll treaty tier harvest limit. The 2023 spring troll fishery tier limits are as follows:
|Alaska Hatchery Contribution and Area Treaty Fish Harvest Limit|
|Less than 25%||1,500|
|At least 25% and less than 35%||2,500|
|At least 35% and less than 50%||3,500|
|At least 50% and less than 66%||5,500|
|66% or more||no limit|
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