Sunday, April 30, 2006

Recent Threads on the Alaska Fishing Forum

Friday, April 28, 2006

King salmon fishing liberalized near Wrangell

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced recently "that sport fishing regulations for king salmon will be liberalized in the marine waters of District 8 near Petersburg and Wrangell from May 1 through July 15, 2006. In January the Alaska Board of Fisheries (Board) approved a Stikine River king salmon management plan for commercial and sport fisheries in District 8. For sport anglers, this management plan includes provisions to liberalize the sport fishery in years when an allowable catch exists for Stikine River king salmon. "

Read the entire news release >>>

SE Alaska filleting, deheading prohibited in some fisheries

ADF&G has announced a prohibition onfilleting and deheading certain fish while creel surveys are ongoing in certain SE Alaska communities at certain times during the summer fishing season.

Marine boat anglers returning to ports where and when on site ADF&G creel surveys are conducted will again be prohibited from filleting, mutilating, and de-heading sport caught lingcod, king salmon, coho salmon, and non-pelagic rockfish. Marine boat anglers returning to any port on the road system of the communities identified below, during the designated times, may not fillet, mutilate, or de-head these fish until the fish have been brought to shore and offloaded, unless the fish have been consumed or preserved onboard.

Read the complete news release >>>>

New fishing videos on OutdoorsDirectory

Here are a couple of new DVD products in the Outdoors Alaska Online Bookstore that will be of interest for anglers looking for remote fishing opportunities not too far from Anchorage.

PRODUCTS: 24 April 2006: The Talachulitna Creek and Talachulitna River are tributaries of the Susitna Drainage hosting some of the largest king salmon in the world. Using the right techniques during the peak of the run, the Talachulitna River will produce 20+ kings per day to the hand.

PRODUCTS: 24 April 2006: Lake Creek is a fun and exciting wild Alaska river. Just a short plane flight from Anchorage, float from the base of the Alaska range near Mt. McKinley for 60 miles to the Yentna River. Part of the Susitna River drainage, Lake Creek is home to some of the largest King Salmon in the world weighing in at over 50 pounds. Using the right techniques during the peak of the run, Lake Creek will produce 20+ kings per day to the hand.

Don't fillet those Kenai Kings....

Hold off on filleting your Kenai River till you get to shore or away from your shore fishing spot the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says:

Anglers may not fillet, mutilate, remove the head, or otherwise disfigure a Kenai River king salmon in such a manner that would prevent determination of the length of fish. Anglers may fillet king salmon after the fish are offloaded from the vessel or removed from the shoreline fishing site. “Shoreline fishing site” means the point on the shoreline where the fish is hooked and removed from the water, at which time it becomes part of the angler’s bag limit.

This regulation becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 1, and remains in effect through 11:59 p.m., Friday, July 14, 2006.

Catch and release Kenai River trout must stay in stream

Fishing for rainbow/steelhead trout, including catch-and-release, in the flowing waters of the Kenai River is closed by regulation from May 2 – June 10, to protect spawning fish, according to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game news release.

However, in 2005, many anglers were documented catching and releasing rainbows during this closed period while targeting Dolly Varden. Many of these anglers were removing rainbow trout from the water before releasing them. Prohibiting anglers from removing rainbow trout from the water during the spawning closure may reduce mortality of these incidentally-caught trout during a time period when the spawning fish may be more susceptible to handling mortality.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

SE Alaska king salmon regs announced

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is announcing the 2006 sport fishing bag and possession limits for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat which will become effective 12:01 A.M. May 1, 2006. The regulations are:

Alaska residents: bag and possession limit of three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length; no annual limit. The use of two rods per angler is allowed from October 2006 through March 2007. Nonresidents: bag and possession limit of two king salmon 28 inches or greater in length in May and one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length for the remainder of the year; an annual limit of four king salmon 28 inches or greater in length for the entire year.

These regulations apply in all marine waters of Southeast Alaska unless otherwise announced. The nonresident annual limit of four king salmon also applies in all freshwaters between Cape Suckling and Cape Fairweather. See the entire news release for more information >>>

Ice houses must be removed by April 30

ADFG is reminding anglers that ice houses must be removed from all water bodies by April 30.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Hot Threads on the Alaska Fishing Forum

Monday, April 10, 2006

State Sport Fishing Regulations Become Effective 15 April

The new sport fishing regulations for Alaska take effect on April 15. The regulations are available from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, state license vendors and online.

ADFG Revises Fishing Guide Logbook Program

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has revised its logbook program for freshwater guides and saltwater charter operators. According to the news release, "both saltwater and freshwater logbook data will need to be submitted to the department weekly. In addition, guides will be required to record the license number, client residency, as well as catch and harvest information for all clients."

The agency also reported that "another change for 2006 is that halibut reporting in the saltwater logbook will be re-instituted. While halibut are a federally managed species, the department is currently exploring options to gain greater oversight and management of the halibut charter industry, an important fishery for Alaskan coastal communities. To that end, the department has committed to collect more accurate effort and harvest data from the halibut charter fleet."

SE Alaska Chinook Quota Down

ADFG reported that the chinook salmon quota for this year will be substantially lower than last year, although the allowable harvest will be well above average. Chinook returns remain strong along west coast rivers, but are below the exceptional levels of 2003 to 2005, the news release reports.

Governor Appoints Fairbanksan to Fish Board

Governor Frank Murkowski has appointed longtime Fairbanksan Bonnie Williams to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Williams "was appointed to the Board of Fisheries for a three-year term that begins July 1, 2006. Williams has served on the federal Bureau of Land Management Northern Advisory Council and has been a member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly, variously chairing Finance, Audit, Pioneer Park and Capital Projects. Her appointment requires legislative confirmation and financial disclosure. Williams replaces Fred Bouse, also of Fairbanks, who did not seek reappointment."

“I was pleased to appoint Bonnie Williams to the Board of Fisheries,” said the governor. “She has a long and distinguished career of public service and I am confident that she will bring that public service ethic with her in her new role as a member of the Board of Fisheries.”

Friday, April 07, 2006

Emergency Marine Communications for Coastal Alaska

What does the small boat operator take with for communications when things go really bad on the water? A US Coast Guard Master Chief tells how it works and what you should do.

The Alaska Outdoor Council -- Advocacy for Alaska Outdoors

AOC executive director Rod Arno (l.) and AOC member Terry Boyles at the AOC booth at the showWe met up with Alaska Outdoor Council Executive Director Rod Arno at the Great Alaska Sportsman's Show on April 7. Arno and I talked in the interview about the council and why Alaskans and others interested in the Alaska out of doors should consider joining the ranks of membership, either through an affiliated club, or as an individual member.

The MatSu Sportsmans show: how did it go?

The MatSu Sportsmans Show registered two firsts this spring: first in the Valley and first of all the outdoors shows in Alaska. Show sponsor Tony Russ (better known as the author of Alaska sheep hunting books) talks about how the show went and plans for next year.

Interview with about info on website has risen to the top of halibut information websites on the `net, according to webmaster John Beath. In this interview at the Great Alaska Sportsman's Show, Beath tells us what kinds of information you can find that will help you in your quest for halibut....and about his upcoming book.