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Little Susitna River King Salmon Annual Limit Restored, Harvest Allowed Seven Days A week

Fish and GameThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game is reinstating the annual limit of five king salmon over 20 inches in length in the area open to fishing for king salmon on the Little Susitna River. In addition, anglers will be allowed to harvest king salmon in this fishery seven days per week. These changes will be in effect from 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 28 through the remainder of the king salmon sport fishing season, which closes at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13.

As of June 23, 2,463 king salmon have passed the Little Susitna weir. The department expects these actions will result in the harvest of roughly 350 kings, which will not impact the projected escapement.

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Area Sport Fishing Reports- Week of June 22 to June 28

Fish and GameSalmon

King salmon fishing on the Deshka River continues to be good, especially when the fishery opens each morning at 6 a.m. Water conditions are good for fishing. Be careful when navigating the shallow waters upstream of the mouth area.

King fishing at the Little Su is expected to be fair to good this weekend.

Deshka and Little Su weir counts are available online at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/FishCounts/ .

Kings continue to arrive at the Eklutna Tailrace and fishing has been mostly good there. Plan to put in a little time in case you hit it during a lull. Try early to mid-morning for best results.

Lake Creek and some of the other Yentna River tributaries are producing some king salmon. Both Lake Creek and Yentna are currently extremely high, but should drop to fishable levels before the weekend. Try the mouth of Fish Lakes Creek upstream of Lake Creek and Indian and Moose creeks lower down on the Yentna. Floatplane pilots, try fishing Lake Creek from Bulchitna Lake.

King fishing has been good at the mouths of Parks Hwy streams. Remember that Parks Highway streams are catch-and-release only for king salmon this weekend June 25-27.

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Area Sport Fishing Reports Week of June 15 to June 21

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King salmon fishing on the Deshka River continues to be good to excellent at times. Water conditions are good for fishing. Be careful when navigating the shallow waters upstream of the mouth area.

King fishing at the Little Su is expected to again be good this weekend.

Deshka and Little Su weir counts are available online at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/FishCounts/ .

King fishing is good at the Eklutna Tailrace; good numbers of kings are showing and available up and down the Tailrace. Try early in the morning or late in the evening.

Lake Creek and some of the other Yentna River tributaries are producing some king salmon. Water levels have been on the high side recently. McDougal slough and the mouth of Fish Lakes Creek are a good bet.

Parks Highway streams from Willow to Talkeetna remain open to catch and release fishing for king salmon. Fishing success is expected to be good this week.

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Deshka River King Salmon Annual Harvest Limit Restored To Five

Fish and GameThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game is restoring the annual harvest limit of king salmon 20 inches or greater in length in the Deshka River from two to five. This emergency order will be in effect from 6 a.m. Saturday, June 11, through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 and only impacts the area of the Deshka River open to king salmon fishing.

“We are on track for achieving the Deshka king salmon goal with a run that could top recent years’ counts,” Sam Ivey, the Area Management Biologist in Palmer said. “Restoring the annual harvest limit for king salmon in the Deshka to five will provide opportunity for anglers to harvest additional king salmon.”

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Sick Hares are the Annual Sentinel for Tularemia

Fish and GameA sick hare with signs of Tularemia was killed by a North Pole resident on May 11th. The disease was present based on observations during a necropsy performed today by ADF&G wildlife veterinarian, Dr. Kimberlee Beckmen. In addition, a Fairbanks veterinarian reported a suspected case of Tularemia in a dog from the Chena Hot Springs area last week. The dog was found eating a hare two days prior to becoming severely ill with fever.

“Outbreaks of Tularemia in dogs and cats that come in contact with sick hares occur in the Fairbanks North Star Borough every May and June” said Dr. Beckmen, “but this year’s cases are about two weeks earlier than usual”. Tularemia is most often diagnosed in hares and pets in the Interior between Memorial Day and Labor Day because it is spread by ticks which are active during the summer.

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Online Salmon and Shellfish Permits and Harvest Reporting

Fish and GameNEW! Personal use salmon permits for Upper Cook Inlet and the Chitina Subdistrict of the Copper River as well as Prince William Sound Shrimp Permits are now available through the Fish and Game Online Store.

To apply for Personal Use Salmon permits, you must be a resident of Alaska, have a current sport fishing license (which can also be purchased online), and have a valid email address where the permit can be sent to you. Both permits and licenses can be printed at home. The bag limits in these fisheries are based on household size. You must enter the names of all household members in the application.

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2016 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 Sunday, May 1, 2016 in the Susitna River drainage (Units 1-6) and Little Susitna River (please refer to pages 23 – 47 of the 2016 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for a complete description of these waters). These restrictions are similar to those contained in preseason emergency orders issued 2013 – 2015, except in 2016 the Deshka River will start the season with multiple hooks and bait allowed June 1 per regulation; one additional day of harvest per week will be allowed on the Little Susitna River:

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2016 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 Sunday, May 1, 2016 in the Susitna River drainage (Units 1-6) and Little Susitna River (please refer to pages 23 – 47 of the 2016 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for a complete description of these waters). These restrictions are similar to those contained in preseason emergency orders issued 2013 – 2015, except in 2016 the Deshka River will start the season with bait and multiple hooks allowed per regulation and one additional day of harvest per week will be allowed on the Little Susitna River:

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For Alaska fisheries, reason to celebrate 40 years of Magnuson-Stevens Act

Fish and GameApril 13, 2016, marks the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, a law that took U.S. fisheries management in federal waters from being virtually nonexistent to becoming a global model of sustainability.

Nowhere is this truer than in Alaska, where our fisheries have an international reputation as being among the most sustainable and valuable fisheries on the planet, largely thanks to the collaborative and inclusive management process set up under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. One of the MSA’s authors, our very own Sen. Ted Stevens, had an extraordinary vision for our nation’s fisheries, especially for those in his home state of Alaska. Many elements of the state of Alaska’s fishery management are woven into the fabric of the MSA.
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Run Forecasts and Harvest Projections for 2016 Alaska Salmon Fisheries and Review of the 2015 Season Report Published

Fish and GameThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announces the release of the statewide Run Forecasts and Harvest Projections for 2016 Alaska Salmon Fisheries and Review of the 2015 Season Report.

Highlights of the 2015 statewide salmon harvest include the second largest pink salmon harvest and the fourth largest sockeye salmon harvest on record. The 2016 salmon forecast include projected above-average commercial harvests of sockeye salmon in Copper River, Upper Cook Inlet, and Bristol Bay. If realized, the 2016 forecast total harvest of 161 million salmon would be far fewer than the 268 million salmon harvested during 2015; mostly due to fewer projected pink salmon harvested during 2016 (90.1 million) than during 2015 (190.5 million).

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Federal Amendments Don’t Change Requirements for Alaska Waterfowl Stamps, Hunting Licenses

Fish and GameSpringtime is only weeks away and Alaska’s skies will soon fill with returning ducks and geese. This is an important time of year for rural hunters seeking a traditional food source, but amendments made in 2015 to the federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act have left many with questions about current federal and state waterfowl hunting laws.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reminds subsistence waterfowl hunters that the federal amendments do not change Alaska’s state waterfowl stamp or hunting license requirements. Waterfowl hunters in Alaska must have a current, signed $5 Alaska state waterfowl stamp and hunting license in possession while hunting waterfowl anywhere in the state at any time during the year. This regulation applies to all waterfowl hunters except for Alaska residents who qualify for exemption based on age, income, or veteran’s disability. For details, see the 2015-16 Alaska state waterfowl hunting regulations booklet available in department offices, or view it online at https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/re...erfowl.pdf .
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Big Lake Fishing Violations

Fish and GameMultiple Hooks in Single Hook Waters

On 02/20/2016, Palmer Wildlife Troopers cited David Rautenkranz, age 38, of Wasilla for using a treble hook lure in waters designated as single hook only. Bail was set at $60.00 in the Palmer District Court.

Use Of Bait Where Prohibited

On 02/21/2016, Palmer Wildlife Troopers cited Paul Mckeown, age 26, of Palmer for using bait in Big Lake when prohibited. Bail was set at $110.00 in the Palmer District Court.

Hook Size Requirements

On 02/20/2016, Palmer Wildlife Troopers cited a 17 YOA juvenile for using sport fishing gear that did not meet the size requirements. Bail was set at $110.00 in the Palmer District Court.

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Use of Bait Where Prohibited/Multiple Hook in Single Hook Waters-Big Lake

Fish and GameOn 02/06/2016, Palmer Wildlife Troopers cited Andrew Green, age 27, of Anchorage for using a multiple hook lure in single hook only waters, and Dennis Moser, age 48, of Anchorage for using bait where prohibited. Bail was set at $60.00 for Green and $110.00 for Moser in the Palmer District Court.
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Use Of Bait Where Prohibited-Big Lake

Fish and GameOn 01/23/2016, Palmer Wildlife Troopers cited Johnny Spence, age 43, of Eagle River for sport fishing in Big Lake using bait when prohibited. Bail was set at $110.00 in the Palmer District Court.

On 01/23/16 at approximately noon, Benjami Saephanh, age 34, of Wasilla was cited by an Alaska Wildlife Trooper, MATSU West Post, for using bait while fishing on Big Lake. Saephanh was cited after he was contacted while fishing on Big Lake while using shrimp as bait when all bait is restricted. Bail was set at $110.00 in the Palmer District Court.

On 01/25/16 at approximately 12:21 pm, Matthew Boldt, age 33, of Anchorage was cited by an Alaska Wildlife Trooper, MATSU West Post, for using bait while fishing on Big Lake. Sean Curry, age 33, of Anchorage was also cited for using multiple hooks while fishing on Big Lake. Bail was set at $110.00 each in the Palmer District Court.
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North Rolly Lake Bathymetric Map and Fishing Information

Fish and GameNorth Rolly Lake
Bathymetric Map and Fishing Information



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