Trip Report: Willow Creek (July 21, 2017)

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8pm on upper Willow Creek. Photo: Ben Rowell

Some were saying last weekend could be the best fishing of the entire season. Salmon are in filling rivers all over the state, trout are still chasing flies while they wait for kings to drop eggs, and lake fishing is excellent. To top it off, the weather forecast called for 75 degrees and sunshine.  Continue reading “Trip Report: Willow Creek (July 21, 2017)”

Susitna River Drainage Closes to Sport Fishing for King Salmon, Including C&R

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Late this afternoon, ADF&G announced the closure of sport fishing for king salmon in the Susitna River drainage beginning July 4. The closure includes targeting kings for catch and release. If a king salmon is hooked while targeting other species, the fish must be kept in the water and released immediately.

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Fishing Report Roundup! (June 10, 2017)

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The Fishing Report Roundup gathers reports from around the web for your easy reference. Reports from multiple sources provide you with an idea of what is happening in an area and where to focus your efforts in the upcoming days. Remember that fishing reports state how conditions are on a specific day or week. Conditions can quickly change since first reported.  Continue reading “Fishing Report Roundup! (June 10, 2017)”

Fishing Report Roundup! (June 3, 2017)

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A Susitna watershed grayling fell for a smolt pattern. Photo: Ben Rowell

The Fishing Report Roundup gathers reports from around the web for your easy reference. Reports from multiple sources provide you with an idea of what is happening in an area and where to focus your efforts in the upcoming days. Remember that fishing reports state how conditions are on a specific day or week. Conditions can quickly change since first reported.

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While king salmon fishing has been slow, the bite was on when the skies opened up Sunday afternoon. Just ask the folks from Drifterz Paradise, who caught and released a two beautiful fish.  Continue reading “Fishing Report Roundup! (June 3, 2017)”

Fishing Report Roundup! (May 27, 2017)

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A healthy leopard rainbow trout. Photo by Chad Gage

The Fishing Report Roundup gathers reports from around the web for your easy reference. Reports from multiple sources provide you with an idea of what is happening in an area and where to focus your efforts in the upcoming days. Remember that fishing reports state how conditions are on a specific day or week. Conditions can quickly change since first reported.

Continue reading “Fishing Report Roundup! (May 27, 2017)”

Fishing Report Roundup! (May 20, 2017)

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Resident fish have been keyed in on smolt. Photo: Ben Rowell

The Fishing Report Roundup gathers reports from around the web for your easy reference. Reports from multiple sources provide you with an idea of what is happening in an area and where to focus your efforts in the upcoming days. Remember that fishing reports state how conditions are on a specific day or week. Conditions can quickly change since first reported.  Continue reading “Fishing Report Roundup! (May 20, 2017)”

Fishing Report Roundup! (May 13, 2017)

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The Fishing Report Roundup gathers reports from around the web for your easy reference. Reports from multiple sources provide you with an idea of what is happening in an area and where to focus your efforts in the upcoming days. Remember that fishing reports state how conditions are on a specific day or week. Conditions can quickly change since first reported.

May 6 – May 12 – Fishing has been good at most Mat-Su lakes. A lot of reports coming out of Finger Lake and Loberg Lake have included pictures of above average size rainbow trout. There is a 70% chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday so boat traffic may be light on popular lakes.  Continue reading “Fishing Report Roundup! (May 13, 2017)”

Guest Post: Small Changes Equal Big Rewards by Ryan McCormick

Fishing for trout when times are tough.

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The author releasing a Susitna tributary raibow trout. Photo: Ben Rowell

If you fish Mat-Su Valley streams, chances are you’ve had some tough days —days when you can’t do anything right and it seems there isn’t a trout in any beat you have covered. We’ve all been there. Those days are frustrating, to say the least, but I’ve learned more from those tough days then I ever have when it has been lights out fishing. Fishing is a lot like anything: the more you practice, the better you become. Here are a couple tips to help get you into fish faster.  Continue reading “Guest Post: Small Changes Equal Big Rewards by Ryan McCormick”

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”

ADF&G’s Friday News Dump: Susitna River King Salmon Restrictions

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”