ADF&G Accepting Comments on 2018 Stocking Plan, Including Kings in Willow Creek


The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is accepting public comment from January 1-January 30, 2018 on its 2018 Statewide Stocking Plan for Sport Fisheries.

Increased fishing pressure on Susitna River tributaries led ADF&G to begin stocking king salmon in Deception Creek, a Willow Creek tributary, in 1983 as a supplement to Willow’s wild run of kings. The first significant return of stockers showed up in 1988.  Continue reading “ADF&G Accepting Comments on 2018 Stocking Plan, Including Kings in Willow Creek”


Learn two-hand fishing tactics for the Susitna drainage at upcoming TU Chapter Meeting in Wasilla

Susitna drainage rainbow trout .

You’re invited to join the Southcentral AK Trout Unlimited Chapter for thier December meeting on Thursday, December 21 at Bearpaw River Brewing Company. Wasilla resident and Bear Trail Lodge guide Josh Scott will speak on fishing the Susitna River drainage with two-hand rods. There will also be a rod giveaway courtesy of 3 Rivers Fly and Tackle.  Continue reading “Learn two-hand fishing tactics for the Susitna drainage at upcoming TU Chapter Meeting in Wasilla”

3 Things Mat-Su Anglers Should Add to their Calendar

Salmon remains on the banks of the Talkeetna River. Photo: Ben Rowell

October 5 – North Pacific Fishery Management Council

From the Mat-Su Borough:

Federal Management of Cook Inlet Salmon?

An important meeting for fisheries STARTS on Monday at the Hilton in Anchorage.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council manages the salmon fisheries in the US Exclusive Economic Zone, 3 nautical miles to 200 nautical miles off shore from Alaska.

In response to a 9th Circuit Court ruling, the Council is considering how to revise the Fishery Management Plan for 3 areas, including Cook Inlet.

The implication: fisheries management for Cook Inlet could return to what it was before statehood—federal management. This could cause profound changes in management for all types of users in Cook Inlet including, set netters, sports fishers, subsistence users, dip netters, guides, etc.  Continue reading “3 Things Mat-Su Anglers Should Add to their Calendar”

Good Reads: ‘Body of Water’

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Body of Water: A Sage, A Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish by Chris Dombrowski

Milkweed Editions, October 2016
$24; 215 pp
ISBN: 978-1-57131-352-2

In Body of Water, a treat for fly fishing bibliophiles, author and Montana fishing guide Chris Dombrowski strays from his roots in poetry and big sky rivers to tell the story of legendary bonefish guide David Pinder and one of the world’s most fabled sporting lodges – Deep Water Cay.  Continue reading “Good Reads: ‘Body of Water’”

Trout Unlimited to Host First Chapter Meeting in Mat-Su

TU SC Alaska logo FA-01The Southcentral Alaska Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host its first chapter meeting in the Mat-Su on Wednesday, April 19 at 6pm at Bearpaw River Brewing Company. TU’s guest will be Adam St. Savior, a research biologist for Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Sport Fish Division, stationed in Palmer.

St. Savior has been the principal investigator on numerous Fish and Game research projects including smolt, sonar, genetics, and adult salmon weir projects in Kodiak and across Southcentral Alaska. He’ll be share the finding from a recently completed study titled Northern Cook Inlet Chinook Salmon Marine Harvest Stock Composition.  Continue reading “Trout Unlimited to Host First Chapter Meeting in Mat-Su”

Urban Tumbleweed: It’s What’s for Dinner

Cottonwood Creek just 100 yards from the Parks Highway. Photo: Ben Rowell

The Mat-Su has a plastic bag problem. It’s harmful to the environment, unsightly, and embarrassing.

We’ve all seen it. The urban tumbleweeds dangling from trees like ornaments along the Parks Highway or partially sunken into the mud along the banks of our waterways. Besides being an eyesore, plastic bags poise a risk to salmon returning to our local streams.

“Plankton eat it, salmon eat plankton. Salmon are also attracted to the plastic because it grows algae, so they eat it as food. So it comes back to us on our dinner plates”, Mat-Su Bag It Committee member Carol Montgomery told KTVAContinue reading “Urban Tumbleweed: It’s What’s for Dinner”

For The People’s Paper: Keep ’em Wet to Conserve Mat-Su’s Resident Fish

By Chad Gage
Photographing fish in the water is easier on the fish and makes for a more interesting composition. Photo: Chad Gage

Last month I read a Facebook post by Keepemwet Fishing encouraging me to sign up for their newsletter. I clicked, explored the website, and was inspired to share their three principles for catch and release fishing.

Around the same time, I reread research on resident species in the Susitna River drainage. The research included depressing results in regards to deformities of rainbow trout in Willow and Montana Creeks due to catch and release fishing.

With these two reads in my mind, I wrote Keep ’em Wet to Conserve Mat-Su’s Resident Species.

A reader pointed out that the research I reference has been published. If you fish Susitna River tributaries, I recommend you read Seasonal movements and habitat use of rainbow trout in the Susitna River basin, southcentral Alaska  by Kevin Fraley.
Continue reading “For The People’s Paper: Keep ’em Wet to Conserve Mat-Su’s Resident Fish”