GO T-BALL!

The Skagway T-Ball and Little League season has started. Above, players conclude the evening with a “Go T-ball” cheer, and coach Darren Belisle helps Katherine Ackerman hit. Below Hailey Jensen runs to first base, and Wyatt Belisle winds up for a throw to first. T-ball games start at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays and are followed by Little League games.
Photos by Jeff Brady

Pat Moore Gamefish Derby tickets go on sale
Tournament dates: August 4-6, 11-13

It’s coming! The second annual Pat Moore Memorial Gamefish Derby will be hosted in Skagway, Alaska, on the weekends of August 4-6, and 11-13.
This year’s tournament will focus on the “king” of our waters, the chinook salmon, and will take place in the salt water fjord we call the Upper Lynn Canal.
This competition will offer cash and prizes sponsored by local businesses for many different categories including a $500 prize for the largest king salmon caught by a Skagway local. Cash awards will be given away for largest fish caught by Yukon residents, women entrants, and kids 14 and under. Many other prizes will be given away including a substantial cash grand prize and many other special awards for children, Canadian residents, women and summer workers. Bring the entire family and enjoy the outdoors. An awards banquet will be held on Aug. 13, including a delicious meal of fresh Chinook salmon. This is an alcohol-free, family-oriented event.
Cruise ship visitors may enter the tournament for the day, and drive-in tourists may enter any and every day. Charter boats can take you to the fish, or you can pick up a free map of the best areas to fish from the shore in Skagway with details outlining local fishing techniques. Rods, reels and tackle will be available to rent or buy from local businesses.
Tickets for the derby will be $10 per day or $30 for the entire tournament.
Tickets will go on sale this week and will be available at various locations or during the tournament in the small boat harbor at the bottom of the green awning. Participants must check in daily at this location during the tournament to have tickets stamped. A complete list of rules and prizes will be available, as well as maps of the fishing boundaries, and tips and techniques for fishing from shore.
Skagway’s own Taiya Inlet Watershed Council is hosting the derby with all proceeds going to the TIWC and the Eagles Auxiliary. A memorial scholarship has been set up in the name of long-time resident and fine fisherman Pat Moore by the TIWC. Last year, the derby awarded $1,000 to a local Skagway graduate. Make Skagway history! Wet a line and you may take home the trophy for the Second Annual Pat Moore Memorial Gamefish Derby! Support your community and have fun at the same time!
Thanks to all our prize sponsors! Volunteers are needed. If you can help call (907) 983-2157.
For more information contact Derby Chairman Andrew Cremata at (907) 983-2157 or email at angyandy@aptalaska.net. – AC

Bag limits ‘liberalized’ for Skagway kings
The Alaska Department ofFish and Game last week announced that special king salmon regulations for
anglers fishing in Taiya Inlet north of the latitude of Taiya Point will be in effect from 12:01 a.m. Monday June 5 through 11:59 p.m. Monday July 31, 2006.
During this period, the bag and possession limit in Taiya Inlet is three king salmon of any size, and king salmon caught in Taiya Inlet do not count toward the nonresident annual limit, according to a ADF&G press release. This additional opportunity is being provided to allow harvest of hatchery-produced king salmon released at Pullen Creek, where runs are expected to exceed broodstock needs.
During the same period, the salt waters near the mouth of Pullen Creek will be closed to sport fishing to ensure brood stock needs are met. King salmon returning to Pullen Creek must migrate into the stream through a culvert that is accessible only during higher tides. Hatchery fish mill in saltwater off the mouth of the stream until a sufficient high tide allows them to pass through the culvert.
The area closed extends north of a line from a department marker on the Broadway Dock to a department marker on the Ore Dock, including the area off the mouth of Pullen Creek.
The department reminds anglers that fresh waters of Southeast Alaska are closed to king salmon fishing. However, Pullen Creek in Skagway may be opened to taking king salmon once hatchery brood stock needs have been met. In 2005, this did not happen because vandalism to the weir and holding pens resulted in the release of adult king salmon before enough eggs were collected. Continued vandalism will jeopardize the future of this king salmon enhancement program and the local king salmon fishery.
Other king salmon regulations remain unchanged in the area. Anglers sport fishing for king salmon are required to purchase a 2006 king salmon tag in addition to a sport fishing license. Exceptions to this requirement are listed on page 3 of the Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary.
Anglers can not possess king salmon in excess of the regulations for the area where they are fishing. Regulations prohibit the possession of king salmon less than 28 inches when fishing outside of designated tenninal harvest areas. Resident anglers are allowed to keep three king salmon 28 inches or more in length per day and in possession with no annual limit. Nonresident anglers are allowed to keep one king salmon 28 inches or more in length per day and in possession with an annual limit of four king salmon outside the tenninal area. Department staff and Fish and Wildlife Protection will closely monitor this tenninal king salmon fishery. If violations are observed regarding the location where king salmon are caught, the terminal fishery could be closed.
If you need further infonnation concerning this news release call (907) 766-2625 for recorded sport fishing infonnation or call the Division of Sport Fish office in Haines at (907) 766-3638.