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Statewide Fish Stocking Plan

Fish and GameSee what fish the department plans to stock over the next 5 years.

The "Statewide Stocking Plan for Recreational Fisheries, 2016" outlines the objectives as well as the numbers and locations of the recreational stocking efforts by the state hatcheries for the next five years. Approximately 6.5 million fish are planned for release annually, at hundreds of locations throughout the state for improving recreational angling opportunities. There has been considerable public input in the development of the long-term stocking plan. In addition, this program is funded with public dollars through the Federal Aid to Sport Fish Restoration (Dingell-Johnson/Wallop-Breaux) funding. This document is available for public review and comment through January 29, 2016. Any changes or additions to the actions outlined in this plan will be advertised in the media for at least 10 days before they occur. It is available here online for general stocking information.

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False Statement On License Application-Big Lake

Fish and GameOn 1-9-16, Palmer Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to Antonio N. Her, age 18, of Anchorage for making a false statement on his sport fish license application after he was contacted fishing on Big Lake. Bail was set at $310.00 dollars in the Anchorage District Court.

On 1-9-16, Palmer Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to Kaug D. Her, age 19, of Anchorage for making a false statement on his sport fish license application after he was contacted fishing at Big Lake. Bail was set at $310.00 dollars in the Anchorage District Court.
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The coming changes in regulations of 2 stroke and 4 stroke engines in the Little Susitna and what you need to know

Fish and GameThe Big Lake Times has been receiving queries regarding the upcoming regulation changes involving the use of 2 stroke and 4 stroke boat engines in the Little Susitna River Drainage. Currently the restrictions will apply to the Little Susitna River, and the question then is one of enforcement. Here are some of the questions we've received:

What if you're heading up to your cabin and have some fishing rods in your boat?

How will coming regulations effect those users that can't afford/cannot otherwise adapt to 4 stroke?

Can I park my boat and fish from shore?

Can I fish from my 2 stroke powered boat if it's anchored or tied to shore?

First, some background. In early 2014 the Upper Cook Inlet Board of Fisheries Proposal 316 was to limit the Little Su Drainage to 4 stroke only, and to limit the number of outboards per day. This regulation as amended was adopted during the February 2014 Upper Cook Inlet Board of Fish meeting. The regulation was proposed by the Central Peninsula Advisory Committee under Proposal 316.

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Proposed Rule Challenges State’s Wildlife Management Authority; Gov. Walker Requests Comment Period Extension

Fish and GameThe State of Alaska strongly opposes draft regulations published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would usurp the state’s authority to manage fish and wildlife in Alaska’s 16 national wildlife refuges.

Released today for preliminary public review, the proposed rule would require that fish and wildlife be managed for natural fluctuations, impacting the state’s ability to manage wildlife populations for subsistence and other consumptive uses under the sustained yield concept.

As proposed, the regulation would also contradict the state’s role under agreements made in the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act to manage fish and wildlife on all lands in Alaska.

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Use Of Bait Where Prohibited-Big Lake

Fish and GameOn 12/27/2015 Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers cited Timothy Oppelt, age 46, of Chugiak for using bait while sport fishing in Big Lake. Bail was set at $110.00 in the Palmer District Court.
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Sport Fishing Without a License - Big Lake

Fish and GameOn 12/27/2015 Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers cited Charles Patterson, age 25, of Wasilla for sport fishing without a valid license in possession. Bail was set at $210.00 in the Palmer District Court.

On 12/27/2015 Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers cited David Funner, age 26, of Anchorage for sport fishing without a valid license in possession. Bail was set at $210.00 in the Palmer District Court.

On 12/27/2015 Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers cited Samantha Hayward, age 24, and Virgil Bacon, age 24 both of Anchorage for sport fishing without a valid license. Bail was set at $210.00 each in the Palmer District Court.
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Multiple Hooks In Single Hook Waters-Big Lake

Fish and GameOn 12/26/2015, Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited Sean Clougherty, age 23 of Wasilla, for using multiple hooks in Big Lake which is restricted to a single unbaited hook by regulation November 1-April 30. Bail was set at $60 in the Palmer District Court.
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Treble Hook Single Hook Waters-Big Lake

Fish and GameOn 12-26-2015 Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers cited Nichole A. Barnes, 23 YOA, from Wasilla, AK for using a treble hook in the single hook waters of Big Lake. Bail was set at $60 in the Palmer District Court.
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Public Comment Sought on Division of Sport Fish Statewide Fish Stocking Plan

Fish and GameThe Division of Sport Fish is now accepting public comment on its statewide fish stocking plan.

The Division, with assistance from private non-profit hatchery operators, plans to release approximately 6.5 million fish into the waters of Alaska every year for the next five years to benefit recreational anglers. The stocking plan outlines the location, number, and size or life stage for each species of fish that are planned for stocking.

Only fish produced from Division of Sport Fish hatchery facilities and from private non-profit hatcheries, who in cooperation with ADF&G, to improve sport fisheries are included in this plan.

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Use Of Bait Where Prohibited-Big Lake

Fish and GameOn 12-17-15, Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to Michael S. Epps, age 23, of Wasilla for sport fishing while using bait 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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Motorists Take Heed: Winter Conditions Increase Moose-Automobile Collision Risks

Fish and GameAlaska drivers are urged to use extra caution right now when traveling roadways in Southcentral, Interior and other regions where moose are common. Long nights and short, often dimly lit winter days make the animals especially difficult to spot, increasing the danger of moose-vehicle collisions.

“The majority of our road kills occur during the winter months,” said Kenai Area Wildlife Biologist Jeff Selinger. “Decreased visibility due to lack of daylight, icy roads, and moose movement patterns all contribute to the increased collision rates we see at this time of year.”

Visibility hazards are further compounded when accumulating snow forces moose into lowland areas, often around highway corridors where travel is easier and food sources more exposed.

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Bait Where Prohibited-Big Lake

Fish and GameOn 12/05/2015 Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers cited Michael Dean, age 40, of Wasilla and Bryan Howe, age 34, of JBER for using bait while sport fishing in Big Lake. Bail was set at $110.00 each in the Palmer District Court.
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Little Beaver Lake Bathymetric Map and Fishing Information

Fish and Game

General Information

Mean Depth: 2.8 m (9.2 ft.)
Maximum Depth: 6.1 m (20.0 ft.)
Shoreline Length: 1.8 km (1.1 mi.)
Management Area: Mat-Su

USGS Map: Anchorage C-8
Surface Area: 18.0 ha (44.4 acres)
Volume: 504,494 m3 (17,816,038 ft3)
Elevation: 55 m (180 ft.)


Fishing Information

Species Present: rainbow trout

First stocked in: 1999 with rainbow trout

Most recently stocked in: 2015 with rainbow trout
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Public Meetings Scheduled to Solicit Input on Sport Fish Guide Registration, Logbook Program, and House Bill 41

Fish and GameThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish (ADF&G) welcomes and encourages sport fishing business owners, guides and others interested in the guide registration and logbook program to meet with staff to discuss each program and provide input on how they might be improved. House Bill 41 (HB 41) was introduced in the 2015 legislative session and, if adopted, would re-establish sport fish business and guide license and vessel registration requirements and associated fees. ADF&G will be hosting public meetings in the communities and on the dates listed below to discuss the Sport Fish Guide Registration, Logbook Program, and HB 41.

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National Park Service’s Final Rule Overrides State Wildlife Management Role, Draws Concerns

Fish and Game(Juneau) — The State of Alaska is concerned about restrictive hunting regulations published today by the National Park Service (NPS). The new federal restrictions released under the “Final Rule for Hunting and Trapping in National Preserves in Alaska” override state regulations governing practices of longstanding importance to rural Alaskans and bypass the state’s role under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act as manager for fish and wildlife on all lands in Alaska.

“We believe these regulations will have a noticeable effect on the lives of Alaskans, particularly those Alaskans living a subsistence lifestyle,” said Bruce Dale, director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation. “The final rule implements yet another level of regulation that will reduce Alaskans’ ability to provide food for their families and to retain their culture and heritage.”

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