Friday, June 30, 2006

Ketchikan Areas Closed to Shrimp Sport Fishing

According to an ADF&G news release, the Alaska Board of Fisheries closed sport fishing for shrimp in areas previously closed to commercial shrimp fishing. One of the areas closed is in the Ketchikan vicinity. The closed area is defined as the waters east of a line from Indian Point at 55° 36.85' N. lat., 131° 42.02' W. long., to the northeasternmost tip of Betton Island at 55° 31.95' N. lat., 131° 46.37' W. long., to the southeasternmost tip of Betton Island at 55° 29.90' N. lat., 131° 48.18' W. long., to Survey Point at 55° 28.07' N. lat., 131° 49.87' W. long. Please note that personal use and subsistence shrimp fishing remains open in this area.

In another news release, ADFG reported of the areas closed is in vicinity of Hollis. The closed area is defined as the waters of Twelve-mile Arm west of a line from Prince of Wales Island at 55° 29.07' N. lat., 132° 37.60' W. long., to the northeasternmost tip of Loy Island at 55° 29.07' N. lat., 132 36.70' W. long., to the easternmost tip of Cat Island at 55° 27.80' N. lat., 132° 39.08' W. long., to Prince of Wales Island at 55° 27.80' N. lat., 132° 40.93' W. long., including waters nearest Hollis Anchorage. Personal use and subsistence shrimp fishing remains open in this area.

Here are maps of the two closed areas: Ketchikan | Hollis

Russian River Sanctuary Area to Open Wednesday, June 21

The Department of Fish and Game announced recently that the Russian River Sanctuary Area will be open to sockeye salmon sport fishing at 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 21.

The Russian River Sanctuary Area includes waters upstream from ADF&G markers located just downstream of the ferry crossing on the Kenai River to markers about 300 yards upstream of the public boat launch at Sportsman's Landing. The Sanctuary Area also includes the waters around the upstream end of the island near the Russian River mouth, and the Russian River itself from its mouth upstream 100 yards to ADF&G markers. A map to the area can be found on page 31 of the 2006 Southcentral Alaska sport fishing regulation booklet.

The sockeye salmon bag and possession limit will remain at 3 fish.

Department staff have determined that the low end of the early-run sockeye salmon spawning escapement goal of 14,000 fish through the weir will be achieved. More than 10,000 sockeye salmon have moved above the waters that are currently open, with approximately 5,000-6,000 additional fish in the Sanctuary Area.

Please respect the new riverbank habitat restoration project and stay on established pathways in the Sanctuary Area.

Kodiak In Season changes

The daily bag limit for sockeye salmon in the Afognak River drainage and nearby salt waters will be reduced to one fish per day, and one in possession, beginning Thursday, June 22, according to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game news release.

Sockeye salmon escapement in the Afognak River has been well behind the desired level throughout June. As of June 18, a total of 8,085 fish have been counted through the weir. The current weir count and average run timing information indicates that the minimum desired escapement of 20,000 sockeye salmon might not be achieved by the end of the season. The department will continue to monitor sockeye salmon escapement in the Afognak River and, if necessary, impose additional fishing restrictions to achieve the escapement goal.

Also at Kodiak, the bag and possession limit for Buskin River sockeye (red) salmon 20 inches or longer will increase to 5 per day and 5 in possession, effective June 22 through July 15. The bag limit for sockeye salmon under 20 inches remains 10 per day and 10 in possession.

The escapement goal for sockeye salmon into Buskin Lake is a range of 8,000 to 13,000 fish. As of June 20, 9,347 sockeye salmon have entered Buskin Lake. Based previous year’s runs, projections indicate that 14,500 sockeye salmon could escape into Buskin Lake.

Sitka Sound Special Use Area Closed to Shrimp Sport Fishing

Shrimp sport fishing has been closed in most of Sitka Sound, according to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game news release. The area was previously closed to commercial shrimping; this action by the Alaska Board of Fisheries extends the closure to sport fishing. Personal use and subsistence sport fishing remain open.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Montana Outdoors Directory online

While not specifically Alaska fishing news, this is an important announcement for the Outdoors Supersite (tm) network, now grown to three states.

Aaron and Jill Bork have been working hard for months now to prepare an outdoors website
for Montana. While they would be first to say that there is much yet to do, I think you'll find that there is a LOT of quality information on
Montana Outdoors Directory about Treasure State hunting and fishing even at this early stage in the website's development. Subject areas right now include hunting, fishing, forums (they use the
same vBulletin software that Alaska Outdoors Directory uses), services, and bookstore.
They plan to continue adding quality information about Montana hunting and fishing, but also expanding to other outdoor activities in "Big Sky Country." Take a look at Montana
Outdoors Directory
today. If you're quick, you can take first post on the new forums.

Meanwhile, Dan Schwartz at Colorado Outdoors Directory continues to work on his website, announced earlier here. His next move is to add vBulletin forums too. We'll announce that here as soon as the new forums are online.

We look forward to continuing to work together with the Borks and Dan as they develop their Outdoors Supersites™ websites.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Kenai River section closed after bear attacks

Officials closed a portion of the Kenai River after two bears were shot this past weekend. Neither bear was killed outright after being shot with .44 caliber pistols. A sow and cubs was involved in one of the charges.

Read the entire story in the Anchorage Daily News >>>

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Chitina open June 26 - July 2

The Chitina Subdistrict will be open from 12:01 A.M. Monday June 26 until 11:59 P.M. Sunday July 2, according to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game news release. This announcement does not change the third opening of the Chitina Subdistrict, which will remain at 12:01 A.M. June 19 through 11:59 P.M. June 25. There will be no supplemental harvest allowed for the personal use dip net salmon fishery in the Chitina Subdistrict during either of these periods.

Read the entire ADFG news release >>>

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Ketchikan Terminal King Fishery Thru July 31

ADFG announced recently that the bag and possession limit for king salmon in two Ketchikan terminal sport fishery areas is 12 king salmon of any size, effective 12:01 A.M. June 12 through 11:59 P.M. July 31, 2006. King salmon caught in the terminal harvest areas by nonresidents DO NOT COUNT toward the annual limit.

Read the entire ADFG News Release >>>

Wrangell Narrows King Bag Increased

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced on June 16 an increase in the bag and possession limit for king salmon in the Wrangell Narrows-Blind Slough Terminal Harvest Area from June 1 through July 31. In this area, the sport fishing bag and possession limits for all anglers will be three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length and three king salmon less than 28 inches in length.

Read the entire ADFG News Release >>>

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Ayakulik King Limit Reduced

Because of the weak return of king salmon to the Ayakulik River, the bag and possession limit for king salmon 20 inches or longer is reduced from 3 per day, 3 in possession to 1 fish per day, 1 in possession, effective 12:01 a.m., Thursday, June 15, 2006. The bag limit for king salmon under 20 inches in length is not restricted and remains 10 per day, 10 in possession.

The Department anticipates that this reduction should provide an additional 200 king salmon to the Ayakulik River spawning escapement.

Read the entire ADFG News Release >>>

Kenai River King Anglers Allowed Bait Below Moose River

Thanks to a good in-river return of early-run king salmon, combined with below-average angler effort and harvests, sport fish anglers may now use bait in the Kenai River mainstem from its mouth upstream to a point 100 yards downstream of the confluence of the Moose River and Kenai River, beginning at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, June 10.

All other Kenai River special provisions, methods and means and bag and possession limits remain in affect. Anglers may only use one single-pointed hook. Anglers may keep only those king salmon that are less than 44 inches in length or 55 inches or greater in length. All other king salmon must be released immediately.

Read the entire ADFG news release >>>

Chitina Dipnet Schedule Amended

The Chitina Subdistrict will be open from 12:01 A.M. Monday June 19 until 11:59 P.M. Sunday June 25. There will be no supplemental harvest allowed for the personal use dip net salmon fishery in the Chitina Subdistrict during this period.

This announcement does not change the second opening of the Chitina Subdistrict, which will remain at 12:01 A.M. June 12 through 11:59 P.M. June 19 and include a supplemental harvest period.

Read the entire ADFG news release >>>

Ninilchik River Open Again For Hatchery Kings

The Ninilchik River is open to fishing for hatchery king salmon through Friday, July 14, 2006. Wild king salmon may not be retained or possessed. Hatchery fish can be recognized by their missing adipose fin and healed fin clip scar. King salmon intended for release may not be removed from the water.

Read the entire ADFG News Release >>>

Juneau King Crab Fishery Opens July 1

The summer personal use red and blue king crab season in Section 11-A will open on July 1 and will continue through September 30, 2006 or until the summer allocation has been harvested, according to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game News Release. The red and blue king crab daily bag and possession limits for Section 11-A will be 2 legal male red or blue king crab per person. The summer seasonal household bag limit will be 20 red or blue king crab.

ADFG is reminding fishermen that they must also obtain a valid resident sport-fishing license if 16 years or older or must have a permanent identification card if a resident 60 years old or older prior to harvesting king crab.

Taiya Inlet King Regs Liberalized

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced recently that special king salmon regulations for anglers fishing in Taiya Inlet north of the latitude of Taiya Point will be in effect from June 5 through 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. 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.

Read the entire ADFG News Release >>>

Monday, June 12, 2006

Hot Threads on the Alaska Fishing Forum

Friday, June 02, 2006

Kelp Harvest Illegal In SC Alaska

ADFG staff are reminding the public that the harvest of kelp and other aquatic plants is not legal in the marine waters of southcentral Alaska. These aquatic plants provide important habitat for a variety of species, and are used by herring for spawning in the spring.

Read the entire news release >>>

Juneau Fishing Regs Relaxed For Kings

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that king salmon sport fishing regulations in freshwater drainages on the Juneau road system that are open to sport fishing will be liberalized to provide recreational anglers additional opportunity to harvest surplus hatchery king salmon.

The new regulations are as follows:
  • The daily bag and possession limit is 4 king salmon, no size limit.
  • King salmon harvested by nonresidents do not count toward their annual limit.
Read the entire news release >>>

Juneau area terminal hatchery harvest area regulations are also now more liberal to harvest surplus hatchery kings. The area with relaxed regulations is described in another ADFG news release.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Copper River dipnet opening scheduled for June 9

An ADF&G news release notes that the Chitina Subdistrict will be open from 12:01 P.M. Friday June 9 until 8:00 P.M. Sunday June 11. Due to late breakup conditions, salmon migration into the Copper River is approximately a week to two weeks delayed. As a result fishing time in the personal use fishery opening during the week of June 5 – 11 has been reduced from the preseason schedule for this period.

Read the entire news release >>>