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Board of Fish, Game Appointments Announced

Fish and GameApril 2, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today announced the reappointment of Reed Morisky, Susan Jeffrey, and John Jensen to the Board of Fisheries. Governor Parnell also announced the appointment of David Brown, and the reappointment of Ted Spraker and Stanley “Stosh” Hoffman to the Board of Game.

The seven-member Board of Fisheries is responsible for the conservation and development of the state’s fishery resources, and sets seasons, bag limits, and methods and means for the state’s subsistence, commercial, sport, guided sport, and personal-use fisheries. The board also develops fishery management policy and makes the allocative decisions that are implemented by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Appointees are subject to legislative confirmation.

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Enter to win a FREE Alaska Fishing and Hunting License

Fish and GameFrom the ADF&G site: "Enter to win a FREE Alaska Fishing and Hunting License by filling out the survey below! Provide your email address at the bottom of the survey and check the appropriate box to get your name into the drawing.

To improve our service to anglers and hunters, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is considering changes to our website to assist the public in purchasing licenses, registering for draw permits, reporting harvest(s), submitting personal use registrations, etc. We would like your input. Through this short survey, we are requesting your feedback on how you currently make purchases and what changes you would like us to consider."

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Use of Bait Where Prohibited

Fish and GameOn 03/22/2014, Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers cited Craig Chapman, age 46, of Wasilla for fishing with bait in an area that is designated as no bait as well as retaining trout. Bail was set at $130.00 in the Palmer District Court.

On 03/22/2014, Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers cited Michael McQuality, age 35, of Anchorage for fishing with bait in an area that is designated as no bait. Bail was set at $110.00 in the Palmer

On 03/22/2014, Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers cited Jacob Burzinski, age 35, of Anchorage for fishing with bait in an area that is designated as no bait. Bail was set at $110.00 in the Palmer District Court.

On 03/22/2014, Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers cited Thomas Dillon, age 62, of Big Lake for fishing with a treble hook in waters designated as single hook only. Bail was set at $60.00 in the Palmer District Court.
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Scenes Around Big Lake

Fish and GameThis young moose has lost his mother.


Taken off Hollywood Road this morning. Photo by Dennis Garrett.
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Sport fish using bait where prohibited.

Fish and GameUse of bait is prohibited on Big Lake during the winter:

On 2-24-14, Matsu West Wildlife Troopers contacted Steven Martin, 52, of Big Lake. Martin was sport fishing through the ice using bait. Martin was cited. Bail is set at $110.

On 2-25-14, Matsu West Wildlife Troopers contacted Rodley VanSciver 48yoa of Wasilla, AK. VanSciver was sport fishing through the ice using shrimp bait. VanSciver was cited. Bait is set at $110.

On 2-25-14, Matsu West Wildlife Troopers contacted Ruger Allison 43yoa of Chugiak, AK. Allison was sport fishing through the ice using bait. Allison was issued a citation for sport fishing using bait where prohibited. Bail is set at $110.

On 2-28-14, Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers contacted Daniel McCleary, age 29, of Anchorage while sport fishing on Big Lake. Investigation revealed both McCleary was using bait while sport fishing through the ice. McCleary was issued a citation with bail set at $110.00 in the Palmer District Court.

On 2-25-14, Matsu West Wildlife Troopers contacted Gabriel Toci, 33yoa of Anchorage, AK. Toci was sport fishing through the ice using bait. Toci was cited. Bail is set at $110.

It pays to read the regulations.
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2014 KING SALMON SPORT FISHING RESTRICTIONS FOR SUSITNA RIVER AND LITTLE SUSITNA RIVER

Fish and GameAnglers are advised that, in an effort to meet king salmon escapement goals in the Susitna River and Little Susitna River drainages, the following sport fishing restrictions are in effect beginning Thursday, May 1, 2014 in the Susitna River drainage (Units 1-6) and Little Susitna River (please refer to pages 23–32 of the 2014 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for a complete description of Susitna River waters):
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Use Of Bait Where Prohibited

Fish and GameOn 2-22-14, Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to Russell J.J. Kelsey, age 39, of Wasilla for using bait while sport fishing on Big Lake where the use of bait is prohibited from November 1st through April 30th. Bail was set at $110.00 dollars in the Palmer District Court.
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Use Of Bait Where Prohibited

Fish and GameOn 2-22-14, Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to Robert N. Bargewell, age 66, of Wasilla for using bait while sport fishing on Big Lake where the use of bait is prohibited from November 1st through April 30th. Bail was set at $110.00 dollars in the Palmer District Court.
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Fail to Report

Fish and GameOn 02/23/2014, Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers cited John Shannon, age 53, of Big Lake for failing to submit hunt information for a 2013 CM300 hunt. Bail was set at $110.00 in the Palmer District Court.
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Fail to Report

Fish and GameOn 02/23/2014, Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers cited Danette Button, age 56, of Big Lake for failing to submit hunt information for a 2013 CM300 hunt. Bail was set at $110.00 in the Palmer District Court.
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Failure to Submit Hunt Report

Fish and GameOn 2/16/14, Saralyn Trimmer, age 36 of Big Lake, was cited by Talkeetna Wildlife Troopers for failure to submit a hunt report. Bail was set at $110 in the Palmer District Court.

On 2/16/14, Derick Trimmer, age 37 of Big Lake, was cited by Talkeetna Wildlife Troopers for failure to submit a hunt report. Bail was set at $110 in the Palmer District Court.
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Product Review: Benjamin Trail NP All Weather Rifle

Fish and GameThe Crosman Benjamin Trail NP All Weather .22 Break Barrel rifle has a synthetic stock with a pistol grip for greater stability and balance. Powered by a nitro piston, this single-shot air rifle gives you a quieter shot, reduced recoil, and excellent velocity consistency. A quick lock optic mounting system and an ambidextrous stock design makes this rifle easy and convenient to use. The CenterPoint precision scope included with this stylish and functional bull barrel air rifle efficiently helps in targeting objects. The scope comes with an adjustable objective and Mil-Dot reticle for precise and accurate targeting. Designed for optimum performance, this nitro piston air rifle features all-weather, sturdy construction to ensure extended durability. It is also available in a variety of calibers and with a handsome wooden stock (those are different models, not reviewed herein).

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Board of Fish Adopts Game-Changing Regs to Help Mat-Su fish

Fish and GameBOARD OF FISHERIES, ANCHORAGE—Beginning this summer, Mat-Su residents will likely see tens of thousands of more coho and sockeye salmon in local streams and rivers, which recently have been devoid of fish. Game-changing regulations were adopted today by Alaska’s highest fish board that add restrictions to the drift gillnet commercial fishing, allowing more salmon to pass through Cook Inlet to their northern spawning grounds.



After hours of testimony and debate on this subject, in a 7 to 0 vote, the Alaska Board of Fisheries agreed on a new framework for the drift gillnet fleet. The proposal was brought forward by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Fish & Wildlife Commission, a group of volunteers, including two retired State fisheries biologists.

Here’s some of the bad news that the Mat-Su Borough’s fish team took into the meeting, helping sway the Board. The number of days anglers sportfish in Mat-Su has fallen to its lowest in 37 years due to fewer fish. And 7 out of the State’s 11 Stocks of Concern are in the Mat-Su. A Salmon Stock of Concern is designated when a fish stock is having trouble sustaining itself.
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