Alaska Outdoor Digest

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TU Vanishing Kings panel

October 17, 2017 0

Trout Unlimited Alaska is planning to host a chinook salmon panel, scheduled for Oct. 17, at 49th State Brewery in Anchorage, as an opportunity for the average Alaskan to sort out what trends have been occurring with regard to king salmon in recent years, to learn from the experts, and... Read more
Ship Creek king season extended, bag up to two
Ship Creek king salmon fishermen will get some bonus days and fish this year, thanks to a better than usual return of kings, plus the desire to let anglers fish for silver salmon even after they’ve caught a king. Fishing has slowed down the past week in the creek,... Read more
Is bait right or needed for early Kenai kings?
By Lee Leschper The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has legalized the use of bait for early run king salmon on the lower Kenai River as of today. That means serious king fishermen can now start plunking big balls of salmon eggs and sweetening plugs with herring fillets... Read more
Max size limit increases for lower Kenai kings
Thanks to a stronger than expected run of early run king salmon to the Kenai River, ADF&G has liberalized size limits, allowing for larger kings to be kept, in the lower part of the river immediately. In a release Monday, the department increased the maximum size limit to less than... Read more
64-pound king leads Wrangell Derby
With the generally sad news and slow start to king salmon fishing statewide, it’s nice to have a little/big good news. Gary Smart, a Washington state angle, weighed in a 64.1 pound Chinook Wednesday morning to take the lead in the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce’s annual salmon derby.  That’s... Read more
Ship Creek king fishery off to early start
If you slept in, you missed the first kings of the year in Ship Creek. The popular downtown Anchorage Ship Creek king salmon fishery normally does not hit full stride until early June. But several anglers have landed the first Ship kings of this year on Monday and Tuesday.... Read more
Background on Taku king decline in Southeast
Here’s some pretty good background from the Juneau Empire on the decade-long decline of king salmon returns to the Taku River, which is one of Southeast Alaska’s primary native spawning grounds. King fishing around Juneau remains closed, to protect this run. Read more
Juneau’s Territorial Sportsmen is hosting a seminar Thurday, April 13  “Taku and Chilkat Chinook Salmon Crisis–Status, Management and Research of Chinook Salmon of Northern SE Alaska. The program is a followup to a similar seminar in 2015, intended to increase public awareness on the conditions that have forced a... Read more