Northern Pike fishing is one of the most rewarding endeavors a sport fisherman can enjoy. The species is native throughout much of the Northern US and Canada, and its popularity has lead people to stocked it in waters where it doesn’t occur naturally. Continue reading Northern Pike Fishing Can save Salmon→
New regulations put seekers of groundfish in conflict with halibut fishery
The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council’s met pushback against Tuesday, March 31st against stricter halibut bycatch regulations in Alaska’s groundfish fishery, say industry sources. The opposition came in the form of a 23,000 word petition, delivered to governor Jay Inslee by Washington company Fishermen’s Finest. The company, which operates a large fleet in Alaska, argues that the revisions will cost millions in revenue and thousands of jobs. If they hold up, the limits could trim allowable bycatch by 10% to 50%.
Fishing with bears can be interesting. I spent a lazy morning standing in an Alaskan river casting flies without much luck, when I looked up and on the other side of the river a very large black bear was standing on the bank watching me. The bear was close enough I could clearly see his eyes staring at me, but they were expression less like all bears. I kept fishing, a little anxious (ok a lot anxious) but kept fishing. It did not make sense to make noise, he knew I was there which is the point of the noise making. After a 2 or 3 minutes, it seemed like hours, I looked up again the bear was gone disappearing as quickly as he had appeared. Every encounter is different.
Alaska fishing is known worldwide for cold weather, spectacular wildlife, and great fishing. The wildness of the land is an advantage for fishermen, because there is no shortage anywhere in this huge state of places to catch fish. According to Alaska department of fish and game, the state has over 3000 rivers, 3 million lakes, and 6640 miles of coastline.
Alaska also boasts some of the largest fish that can be caught, from 100 pound king salmon to halibut that are close to 50lbs. Here is a guide to Alaska Fish and Game’s fishing regions, and the perks of each: