Thursday, December 29, 2005

Pike fishing encouraged at Kenai Peninsula's Scout Lake

ADF&G discovered illegally-stocked northern pike in Scout Lake while sampling the lake last fall. Starting January 1, 2006, through April 30, 2006, it will be possible to to use five lines for pike fishing provided that: (1) standard ice fishing gear is used, (2) the fishing gear is closely attended, and (3) all other species of fish caught are released immediately. Scout Lake can be accessed from the Sterling Highway, Mile 84.9.

According to the Associated Press, fingerlings that would have been stocked in the lake will have to be placed elsewhere to avoid "feeding the pike."

Sport Fish Looking for Hatchery Plan Comments

The Division of Sport Fisheries has finished its draft plan for stocking seven million fish for Alaska recreational anglers in 2006. They're looking for comments. You can see the plan on the ADFG website. The plan not only lists the numbers and statewide locations of stocked fish, but also explains the management objectives for each fishery for the next five years.

NPFMC thumbs down IFQ for the halibut sport fishing fleet

In a precedent-setting decision, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council voted 8-3 in early December to rescind a plan to impose an Individual Fishing Quota system (IFQ) on charter boat operators who participate in the Alaska halibut fishery, according to the Recreational Fishing Alliance. There was a unusually large amount of public testimony on the issue.