Alaska Outdoor Digest

The source for important, timely news on hunting, fishing and the outdoors in Alaska.

Gravlax is easy, tasty way to enjoy Alaska salmon
By Lee Leschper We all fall into a rut occasionally.  I realized after years of loving the grilled and smoked silvers, reds and king salmon we catch each year, that I hadn’t tried anything new. While fishing with my son-in-law, who’s an absolute superb chef, he mentioned wanted to... Read more
Board of Fish rejects blanket salmon closure proposal
By Lee Leschper The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Tuesday unamimously rejected an Agenda Change Request (ACR 10), a proposal that would have required that all Upper Cook Inlet salmon fisheries be closed together–commercial, sport and subsistence–if a salmon run was falling short of escapement goals. ACRs allow the... Read more
BofF to consider Cook Inlet closures on all fishermen
By Lee Leschper Should all Alaska fishermen, commercial and non-commercial, be closed out of fishing when salmon runs are not meeting escapement goals? Specific to Upper Cook Inlet, should sport fishermen and dipnetters also be blocked from fishing, when commercial fishermen are restricted because a run is low or... Read more
Board of Fish meets in Anchorage this week
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will meet October 17-19, 2017, at the Egan Civic & Convention Center, 555 West 5thAvenue, Anchorage, Alaska beginning at 8:30 am. No regulatory action will be taken at this meeting, but sport fishermen should watch several of the agenda change requests, that could affect 2018 salmon... Read more
Where is Fish Fight headed?
Copper River kings now open for sport, subsistence
ADF&G announced today that the Cooper River will now be open for sport anglers, after a preseason closure. Effective June 3, in the Glennallen Subdistrict subsistence fishery the annual limit for king salmon taken by fish wheel is rescinded and the annual limit for king salmon taken by dip... Read more
ADFG to use set net fishery to fund July project
ADF&G’s commercial fishing division will launch an early June set net fishery south of the Kasilof, to pay for the July Cook Inlet sockeye test project. Bids for a processor to run the commercial fishery for the department were due this week. That set net fishery would be contracted... Read more
Chugach Electric cancels plans for Snow River dam project
In a dramatic turn of events Thursday, Chugach Electric announced that it is dropping all plans to pursue building three hydroelectric dams on the Snow River, a tributary of the Kenai. Early this week the Anchorage utility held public meetings in Anchorage and in Moose Pass, near the proposed... Read more