Alaska sportfishing

This blog is where we post sportfishing-related news releases, primarily from the Department of Fish and Game. Check here for the latest information on emergency closures, catch limit and regulation changes and miscellaneous other fishing news.

Bait banned in the Little Su sport fishery - 8/3/2012 10:59 am

Fish Creek youth fishery open this weekend - 8/2/2012 5:31 pm

Kenai closed to all king fishing July 19 - 7/17/2012 2:54 pm

Kasilof closes for king fishing on July 19 - 7/17/2012 2:50 pm

Supplemental catch added in Chitina fishery - 7/10/2012 10:07 am

Press release on Kasilof kings - 7/9/2012 2:54 pm

More poor salmon runs projected - 6/25/2012 2:35 pm

King restrictions planned for Upper Inlet - 3/29/2012 2:44 pm

Bait banned in the Little Su sport fishery

Fish and Game press release:

The use of bait will be prohibited in the Little Susitna River from its mouth upstream to the
Parks Highway effective 12:01 a.m., Monday, August 6, 2012, through 11:59 p.m., Sunday,
September 30, 2012. Only unbaited, artificial lures may be used. A person who takes a bag
limit of salmon 16 inches long or longer from the Little Susitna River may not fish for any
species of fish in the Little Susitna River downstream of the Parks Highway that same day.
The Little Susitna River coho salmon sustainable escapement goal (SEG) is 10,100–

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Fish Creek youth fishery open this weekend

Press release:

The Fish Creek Youth-Only Fishery is scheduled to open on Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. The youth-only fishery allows anglers age 15 and younger to fish for all species, except king salmon, in waters between ADF&G markers at the mouth of Fish Creek and markers ¼-mile upstream of Knik-Goose Bay Road.

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Kenai closed to all king fishing July 19

Fish and Game press release:

Effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, July 19, the Kenai River will close to king salmon fishing in an effort to conserve late-run king salmon escapement.

Anglers are advised this closure prohibits all sport fishing for king salmon, including catch-and-release fishing. King salmon may not be retained or possessed; king salmon caught while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

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Kasilof closes for king fishing on July 19

Fish and Game press release:

The Kasilof River will be closed to all king salmon fishing, effective 12:01 a.m., Thursday, July 19, through 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, July 31.

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Supplemental catch added in Chitina fishery

Press release from Fish and Game:

The Chitina Subdistrict will open from 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 16 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 22. In addition, a supplemental harvest of 10 additional sockeye salmon will be allowed for the personal use dip net salmon fishery in the Chitina Subdistrict during this period. Supplemental permits are incorporated in the Chitina Subdistrict fishery permit and supplemental harvest must be recorded on this permit before leaving the fishing site.
The supplemental harvest portion of the permit is valid only if the original permit limit has

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Press release on Kasilof kings

From the Department of Fish and Game:

The Kasilof River will be restricted to catch-and-release fishing for king salmon, effective 12:01 am, Tuesday, July 10, through 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, July 31.

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More poor salmon runs projected

Press release from the Fish and Wildlife Service:
June 22, 2012
Contact: Bruce Woods (907) 786-3695

Poor Chinook (king) salmon returns to several major Alaska rivers have resulted in closures and other conservation measures that have affected
subsistence, sport, and commercial uses. The Chinook salmon runs on both the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers were projected to be poor to below average pre-season. The Yukon River Chinook salmon outlook was poor to below average, with the run size projected to be from 109,000 to 146,000, well below the average total of 200,000 fish since 1997.

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King restrictions planned for Upper Inlet

From the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release:
March 27, 2012

2012 King Salmon Sport and Commercial Fishing Restrictions Planned for Northern Cook Inlet Streams

Sport and commercial fisheries within the Northern Cook Inlet area will be managed conservatively during the 2012 season in response to low king salmon abundance over recent years, a below-average outlook for the upcoming season, and uncertainty over how quickly king salmon abundance may rebound.

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For fall trout fishing, size does matter

Does size matter? Well, yes. In nature, it often seems that size is the greatest single factor when it comes to success -- bigger, stronger, faster are the dictum of the day. I hate to state the obvious, but size also plays a role in fishing.

Thirty inches is the Holy Grail for large trout, 80 pounds for a humongous salmon, 300 for a big halibut. Hardly a brow is raised unless one lands a whopper in the aforementioned scale.

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Knik Arm silver fisheries to close on Aug. 27

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, sport fishing for silver salmon will be closed in all waters of the Knik Arm Management Area, excluding Fish Creek and the Eklutna Tailrace.

Popular Knik Arm-area sport fisheries affected by this emergency closure include the Little Susitna River, Wasilla Creek (Rabbit Slough), Cottonwood Creek and Jim Creek.

The closure prohibits all sport fishing for silvers, including catch-and-release. Silvers caught accidentally may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

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Youth-only fishing at the Homer Spit on Aug. 20

A portion of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon will open for for anglers 15 and younger this Saturday, on Aug. 20, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. The youth-only sport fishing area will be posted. The remainder of the fishing lagoon will be open to anglers of all ages.

All other sport fishing regulations remain in effect for the lagoon. They can be found on page 14 of the 2011 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.

Fish and Game staff will be present at the lagoon from 4 to 7 p.m. to help young anglers gear up and fish for silvers.

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Chitina personal use dipnet schedule

The Chitina Subdistrict will open from 12:01 a.m., Monday, Aug. 8, through 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31.

In addition, a harvest of 10 additional sockeye salmon will be allowed for the personal use dip net salmon fishery in the Chitina Subdistrict during this period: from 12:01 a.m., Monday, Aug. 8, through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14.

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Another youth-only fishery, this one in Homer

From an ADF&G press release:

A portion of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Homer Spit will open for fishing to anglers 15 and younger this Saturday, Aug. 6, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

The youth-only sport fishing area will be posted. The remainder of the Fishing Lagoon will be open for fishing to anglers of all ages. All other sport fishing regulations remain in effect for the lagoon. They can be found on page 14 of the 2011 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary Booklet.

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Special youth-only Fish Creek sports fishery

From a press release from the ADF&G:

A first-time youth-only sport fishery at Fish Creek will open this weekend, Aug. 6 and 7, from 6 a.m. to
6 p.m. Anglers aged 15 and younger may fish for all species, except king salmon, in the waters from Fish and Game markers at the mouth of Fish Creek upstream to
the markers a quarter-mile upstream of Knik-Goose Bay Road.

All other sport fishing regulations remain in effect for Fish Creek. The daily bag and possession limit is three salmon; only two a day may be silver salmon.

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Fish Creek dipnet fishery to open July 29

The Fish Creek Personal Use Dip Net Fishery will open at 6 a.m., tomorrow, July 29. It will close at 11 p.m., Sunday, July 31.

Dipnetting for salmon will be allowed only between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. each day. All salmon species, except king salmon, may be retained. Any king salmon caught must be released immediately.

The area open to dipnetting is from ADF&G regulatory markers on both sides of the mouth of Fish Creek to the markers about a quarter-mile upstream of Knik-Goose Bay Road.

Dipnetting is allowed from a boat or from shore.

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More dipnetting time on the Copper River

From a press release from ADF&G:

The Chitina Subdistrict will open from 12:01 a.m., Monday, Aug. 1, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

In addition, a supplemental harvest of 10 additional sockeye salmon will be allowed for the personal use dip net salmon fishery in the Chitina Subdistrict during this period.

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Kenai dipnetters must release any kings caught

Beginning 12:01 a.m., Sunday, July 24, king salmon caught in the Kenai River personal use dipnet fishery must be released immediately. This rule will remain in effect for the rest of the fishing season.

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Bait prohibited in Kenai River

From an ADF&G press release:

Bait will soon be prohibited throughout the lower and middle Kenai River.

From the mouth of the Kenai upstream to ADF&G markers at the outlet of Skilak Lake, sport fishing gear is limited to one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure. The rule takes effect at 12:01 a.m., Monday, July 25, and will remain in effect through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 31.

Bait may not be used in this 50-mile area of river when fishing for any species.

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Lower and middle Kenai salmon bag limits to increase

From an ADF&G press release:

The sport fishing bag and possession limit for salmon 16 inches or longer, except for king and coho salmon, in the Kenai River will be increased to six beginning Thursday,
July 21. This does not include the Russian River and the Upper Kenai River “fly-fishing-only waters” near the Russian River.

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Kenai dipnet fishery to open 24 hours a day

From an ADF&G press release:

The Kenai River personal use dip net fishery will be open 24 hours a day, beginning at 11 p.m. today Wednesday) through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 31.

The area of the Kenai River open to personal use dipnetting remains the same. A complete description of the area open to dipnetting, along with harvest limits and permit requirements, is found on pages 16 through 18 of the 2011 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet.

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