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Fish Creek Personal Use Dipnet Fishery will open at 6:00 a.m., Friday, July 24

Fish and GameThe Fish Creek Personal Use Dipnet Fishery will open at 6:00 a.m., Friday, July 24, and close at 11:00 p.m., Friday, July 31. Dipnetting for salmon will be allowed only between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. each day.

All salmon species, except king salmon, may be retained. Any king salmon caught must be released immediately. The area open to dipnetting is from ADF&G regulatory markers located on both sides of the terminus of Fish Creek, upstream to ADF&G regulatory markers located approximately one quarter mile upstream from Knik-Goose Bay Road. Dipnetting is allowed from a boat or from the shore.

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"Operation Dry Water" violations-Big Lake

Fish and GameOn 6-28-15, Kenneth Timm age 31, of Big Lake, was cited by Palmer Wildlife Troopers for Not having a fire Extinguisher on board his boat when required. Bail was set at $110 in the Palmer District Court.

On 6-28-15,Patrick Wright age 54, of Anchorage, was cited by Palmer Wildlife Troopers for Fail to have Visual Distress signals aboard his boat when required. Bail was set at $60 in the Palmer District Court.

On 6-28-15,Kirk Yu age 44, of Anchorage, was cited by Palmer Wildlife Troopers for not having a Type IV throwable when required. Bail was set at $110 in the Palmer District Court.

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Bait Will Be Allowed In The Little Susitna River From Its Mouth Upstream To The Parks Highway

Fish and GameBait will be allowed in the Little Susitna River from its mouth upstream to the Parks Highway beginning at 6:00 a.m., Friday, July 3 through the end of the king salmon season on July 13. Sport fishing gear and time restrictions implemented on the Little Susitna River in advance of the season have now been lifted and regulations listed in the Southcentral sport fish regulations summary booklet on page 46 are in effect, except that bait is allowed.

The sustainable escapement goal (SEG) for the Little Susitna River is 900–1,800 king salmon based on a post season aerial survey. Past comparisons of the weir counts and aerial survey estimates indicate 40–60% of the fish passed through the weir are later assessed in the aerial survey. Therefore, a weir based management target of 2,200–4,500 should achieve the SEG if at least 40% of the weir count is enumerated in the aerial survey.

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Tularemia Infection Suspected

Fish and GameA case of Tularemia is suspected in a North Pole resident after the man became ill after skinning a potentially infected hare earlier this year. Colorado is reporting the largest outbreak ever in that state, with 11 human cases in May alone. New Mexico is also having an outbreak of human cases.

Tularemia is an infection caused by the Francisella tularensis bacteria. It most often kills hares but can also make people, dogs, and cats seriously ill. While it can be fatal if untreated, it is easily cured if diagnosed quickly and the correct antibiotics are prescribed. The most common signs in people and pets are lethargy with high fever and swollen lymph nodes.

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Annual Limit of Five King Salmon 20 Inches Or Greater In Length Harvested In The Deshka River Or Little Susitna River restored

Fish and GameThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game is restoring the annual limit to five king salmon 20 inches or greater in length harvested in the Deshka River or Little Susitna River. King salmon harvested in the Deshka and Little Susitna rivers apply to the combined Cook Inlet annual limit of five fish. The emergency order is effective at 6 a.m., Saturday, June 27 through 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 13.

The Sustainable Escapement Goal (SEG) for the Deshka River is 13,000 – 28,000 king salmon. Through June 25, cumulative king salmon passage through the weir located at river mile 7 was 20,654 fish and run timing models project the escapement should be attained even with additional harvest from restoring the annual limit.

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2015 – 2016 Alaska Hunting Regulations Now Available

Fish and GameThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced the availability of the 2015-2016 Hunting Regulations online. The public may download the entire regulations, or just the sections of interest. According to the website: "NOTICE: These regulations are not quoted verbatim from state law. They have been simplified for your convenience. In addition, be aware that issued emergency orders may contain hunting and trapping season information which may take precedence over information in the Hunting and Trapping Regulation booklets found below."

To see all the materials available go to http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?...ns.hunting
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Waters open to sport fishing below Little Susitna weir increased

Fish and GameBeginning 6:00 a.m., Thursday, June 25, the closed waters markers on the Little Susitna River will be moved from 2,000 to 1,500 below the fish counting weir.

Water levels are favorable for fish passage and the king salmon run on the Little Susitna River is at least 65% complete with a total count of 3,856 fish as of June 21. The additional area closed by emergency order on May 27, 2015 during a period of low water while managers assessed run size is no longer necessary.
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Little Susitna River King Salmon Harvest Restored to 7 Days a Week

Fish and GameDue to an increased number of king salmon returning to the Little Susitna River, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is lifting restrictions previously placed on the king salmon fishery.

The Little Susitna River is open to fishing 7 days per week for king salmon effective 6:00 a.m., Friday, June 19, through the remainder of the king salmon sport fishing season, which closes 11:00 p.m., July 13. Harvest in the Little Susitna River is allowed seven days per week with a bag and possession limit of one king salmon 20 inches or greater in length.
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The Alaska Department Of Fish And Game Is Lifting Sport Fishing Gear Restrictions Implemented In The Deshka River In Advance of

Fish and GameThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game is lifting sport fishing gear restrictions implemented in the Deshka River in advance of the king salmon season. The use of bait and multiple hooks will be allowed effective 6:00 a.m., Saturday, June 13 through 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 13, 2015.

The sustainable escapement goal on the Deshka River is 13,000 – 28,000 king salmon. Through June 9, cumulative king salmon passage through the weir located at river mile 7 was 8,259 fish. On average, about 20% of the spawning escapement has passed the weir by this date. Even though the run appears to be early, run time models predict achievement of the goal after incorporating a 1,500 fish harvest as a result of this action. Therefore it is warranted to rescind the gear restrictions placed previously on the Deshka River king salmon sport fishery.

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Alaskans Afield 2015

Fish and GameOverview

Alaskans Afield classes provide fun, safe, hands-on learning of outdoor skills. Classes are designed for both youth and adults. Come alone, bring a friend or the entire family and enjoy time together learning new outdoor skills. Alaskans Afield classes are made possible by a cooperative effort between the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and our foundation, the Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska.

Alaskans Afield classes will be held in the Fairbanks, Juneau and Mat-Su this year. Choose from a variety of classes such as outdoor survival, small game hunting, map & compass, tracking, fly fishing, riflery, archery and more. Class schedules can be found under the community tabs (Fairbanks, Juneau, Mat-Su).

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AREA CLOSED TO SPORT FISHING EXPANDED BELOW LITTLE SUSITNA WEIR

Fish and GameSport fishing within 2,000 feet immediately downstream, and 300 feet upstream, of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s fish counting weir on the Little Susitna River at river mile 32.5 is closed to all sport fishing beginning 6:00 a.m., Friday, May 29. Regulatory markers identify the lower and upper boundaries of the closed area.

Extending the closure below the weir to 2,000 feet is necessary to protect salmon that can become concentrated and more vulnerable to the fishery while seeking passage through the department’s weir. Any increase in catch rates within this area due to operation of the weir could reduce the intended benefits of emergency orders currently in effect to achieve the king salmon escapement goal.
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Sport Fish Without License In Possession-Big Lake

Fish and GameOn 5-23-15, Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to Angel O.N. Vazquez, age 21, of Anchorage for sport fishing in Big Lake without having a valid sport fish license in his possession. Bail was set at $210.00 dollars in the Palmer District Court.
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2015 SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA SPORT FISHING REGULATION BOOKLET ERRORS AND CLARIFICATION

Fish and GameSouthcentral anglers are advised that errors are present in the 2015 Southcentral Alaska Sport fishing Regulations Summary Booklet. ADF&G has identified inadvertent errors in the printed copy of the 2015 regulation booklet. The following errors have been corrected in the online version and the Department apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the errors in the printed copy.

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Fish and Game Violations

Fish and GameWillow Creek:

On 05/22/2015, at 11:38 p.m., Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers cited Roman Schierholt, age 27 of Chugiak and Bryce Hattenburg, age 26 of Eagle River for sport fishing during a closure period from 11:00pm thru 6:00am from May 15th thru July 13th. Bail was set at $110.00 each in the Palmer District Court.

Montana Creek:

On 05/23/2015, at 11:27 p.m., Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers cited John Ellinwood, age 47 and Mike Horrigan, age 48, of Anchorage, for sport fishing during a closure period from 11:00pm thru 6:00am from May 15th thru July 13th. Bail was set at $110.00 each in the Palmer District Court.

On 05/22/2015, at 8:40 p.m., Mat-Su West Wildlife Troopers cited John Kaul, age 24 of Montana for sport fishing without a valid license. Bail was set at $210.00 in the Palmer District Court.
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Five Salmon Family Challenge Program

Fish and GameThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game Five Salmon Family certificate program provides recognition to angling families who catch and document the five species of Pacific salmon commonly found in Alaska. Certification in the program requires all salmon must be:

Legally caught in Alaskan waters (fresh or salt water) open to the public
In compliance with current ADF&G sport fishing regulations

Fish caught out of season, in waters where sport fishing for that species is closed, or with illegal sport fishing means and methods cannot be counted toward the challenge even if the fish is left in the water while the photo is being taken and is immediately released thereafter.
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