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FISHING THE WILD ALASKAN WATERS, EXCITING AND INTRIGUING

The wild?–it’s calling you. 
Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us;
Let us journey to a lonely land I know.
There’s a whisper on the night-wind, there’s a star agleam to guide us,
And the wild is calling, calling . . . . let us go.”
― Robert W. Service

By Rick Fowler

Fishing new waters has always intrigued me.  There’s a unique excitement about casting into a river, lake or ocean for the first time, anxious to see just what I’ll haul up the first time my line goes tight.  This sense of euphoria and wonderment was very evident in a September 2015 excursion to Alaska. Continue reading FISHING THE WILD ALASKAN WATERS, EXCITING AND INTRIGUING

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The Mystery of the Incredible Shrinking Pacific Halibut

By Robert Deen

It’s a troubling mystery. Why are Pacific Halibut getting so much smaller?

Halibut weigh about a third of what they did 30 years ago, scientists say. In Alaska’s major port areas, including Homer, Seward, Kodiak, Ninilchik and Whittier, the average size of an 18-year-old female halibut has declined from more than 80 pounds in 1997 to about 40 pounds last year. Continue reading The Mystery of the Incredible Shrinking Pacific Halibut

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10 Tips for Choosing an Alaskan Fishing Trip

Robert Deen

It’s winter.  The fishing is slow, so now is a good time to research and plan your trips for warmer times ahead.

Having just gone through the process of selecting an Alaskan fishing trip for this summer, here are ten tips I wish someone had given me two months ago.  Most could apply to any fishing trip. Continue reading 10 Tips for Choosing an Alaskan Fishing Trip

As Erosion Takes Hold, Alaska Ponders Fishing Region Shakeup

Outlining New Fishing Regions Necessary as River Geography Changes

By Debbie Kay

Anyone who has spent any time near a river, especially a large one, knows that the exact course of it is always changing.  One side of a curve will cut out, while the other will fill in with a sandbar.  Oxbows may form, creating adjacent lakes that may or may not continue to connect.  Channels jump into other portions of a floodplain, and sections may dive underground and resurface, scour out, then return underground once again.  As rivers head to the ocean or lake where they end, deltas form and channels migrate.  Mudflats close off fishing sections, while new portions of shoreline scour out and become viable fish beds.   All of this can occur in just a few short decades.

Unfortunately, if fishing region boundaries don’t change with it, it can strongly affect indigenous groups and other fishers whose rights are limited to certain areas.  In Bristol Bay, where erosion has significantly altered the fishery, local fishers have called for a re-drawing of the lines based on where the rivers and coastlines are now.  The proposed changes would create all new fishing areas, close off areas that are now mud banks, and re-route borders to match with rivers. Continue reading As Erosion Takes Hold, Alaska Ponders Fishing Region Shakeup

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Alaska State Budget Cuts Trickle Down to Fish and Game

Nobody likes to pay taxes, and budget shortfalls are often the result of tax-cutting government sessions in every state.  Currently, Alaska is facing a large budget shortfall, and a need for more transparent Fish and Gameline items within agencies to eliminate.  A large chunk of this cut is being shouldered by Alaska Fish and Game.  ADF&G will be making their budget cuts this year.  While some would think this means open season on fish with little enforcement, this is not the case. Continue reading Alaska Fish and Game Budget

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