Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Troopers cite Juneau salmon gillnetter

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Juneau
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 12/30/13 Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited Zachary M. Worrell, 29, of Juneau, for operating a commercial gillnet in closed waters. The charge stems from a July 2013 commercial salmon fishery in District 15C north of Juneau in which Worrell was observed by state aircraft operating a gillnet within 500 yards of the mouth of Bessie Creek. Regulations prohibit commercial fishing with 500 yards of any salmon steam. The anadromous stream catalog published by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says Bessie Creek, located within Yankee Cove, supports chum, coho and pink salmon. Arraignment set for 2/19/14 in Juneau District Court.


  1. This is ridiculous. I have been fishing this area for years and would venture to say most Lynn Canal gillnetters have made a set in or around here at some point, unaware that they were fishing in "closed waters". Singling out one fisherman to prove a point is not the way to go here. If this area is off limits, it needs to be marked.

  2. No Kidding!

    That's absurd. If they intend to call it a salmon stream then they should make the fleet aware of that distinction. This could have happened to anybody.

  3. 34 years fishing Lynn Canal and I've never heard that one. BS