Just one day after the NFL released its 2017 schedule ADF&G published the 2017 fishing regulations for Southcentral Alaska. One is anticipated by millions, the other by dozens. What I’m interested in is who America’s team (the Buffalo Bills) opens up against and where and when am I not allowed to fish.
When a government agency sends out a press release on Friday afternoon it’s because they don’t want it to get much coverage. It’s call the Friday news dump. Is that what ADF&G is doing here?
While there is some good news for Susitna River anglers hoping to catch (and release) a king salmon, we’re again hit hard with restrictions. Most of us have come to expect ADF&G to restrict the harvest of kings and more will likely come in a few months. But while restrictions are depressing and may deter anglers from hitting the water, the worst part of this press release is in the last paragraph: Continue reading “ADF&G’s Friday News Dump: Susitna River King Salmon Restrictions”
In what appears to be a win for Wasilla and Big Lake area families and working people, ADF&G announced Thursday that it increased fishing time on the lower sections of Fish, Cottonwood, and Wasilla Creeks that are open to sport fishing for salmon. Past regulations allowed fishing at this weekend only fishery from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. The increase extends fishing time to 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.
ADF&G also repealed the regulation closing Wasilla Creek to all fishing within 300 yards of Palmer-Fishhook Road. While still closed to salmon fishing, the area will be open to rainbow trout and grayling anglers beginning June 15.
As mentioned last week, I committed to learning more about Alaska’s Board of Fisheries (BOF) as it works through proposals at its 2017 meeting. The meeting is not everyone’s cup of tea, as many of my sport fishing friends have given up on the BOF due to the political nature of managing our fisheries.
You see, the BOF is made up of seven members, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the legislature. While the BOF’s website states board members are appointed “on the basis of interest in public affairs, good judgment, knowledge, and ability in the field of action of the board, with a view to providing diversity of interest and points of view in the membership”, many believe that the outcomes of BOF meetings are determine on election night, not at the BOF meetings.
There is so much going on in Alaska right now. Many are focused on solving our state’s fiscal crisis (yes, it’s a crisis). Others are spending their free time protesting our president (yes, he’s everyone’s president). The smartest Alaskans are outside enjoying the best of what winter has to offer. But there are a small group of Alaskans holed up at Sheraton Hotel in Anchorage, trying to influence policy decisions being made at Alaska’s Board of Fisheries meeting. Continue reading “Learning more about Alaska’s Board of Fisheries”
With the Board of Fisheries meeting taking place in Anchorage, I thought it would be a good time to share some of the reporting being done on proposals related to the Susitna River drainage. Since I’m no fisheries expert, I appreciate these reporters keeping us in the loop regarding policy proposals and the way the Board of Fisheries operates. Continue reading “3 Good Articles”
It must be time for the Alaska Board of Fisheries meetings because our local newspapers are beginning to fill up with everyone’s opinion on fish management. A February 14 opinion piece by former chair of the Alaska Board of Fisheries Karl Johnstone reminded me of some staggering numbers in regards to angler spending in the Susitna Valley.
“An 8-year-old study by Steve Colt and Tobias Schwoerer of the UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research tagged angler spending, both resident and nonresidents, in the Susitna Valley alone at something between $63 million and $163 million in 2007. ‘This spending generated between 900 and 1,900 jobs and between $31 million and $64 million of personal income for people who work in the Borough,’ they added. ‘Mat-Su sport fishing activity also generated between $6 million and $15 million in state and local taxes.’”
You’ve hit the road heading north to enjoy a couple days camping and trout fishing on Montana Creek. Shortly after arriving at the campground you learn the water accessible from the highway and campgrounds are closed to fishing – not just closed to king salmon fishing, but resident species as well. The closure is from the mouth to ADF&G markers a ½ mile above the highway. You’re puzzled. Continue reading “Proposal Filed to Change Montana Creek’s Resident Species Regulations”