The Orvis “20 Days in September” Challenge – Part 3

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An early fall leopard rainbow from the Susitna Drainage.

Last month, Orvis challenged anglers to log 20 days on the water during the month of September. They didn’t have to be full days, just a legitimate attempt at catching fish. Anglers were asked to take a picture from each outing and post it to the Orvis Facebook page with the hashtag #OrvisFlyFishing and #20inSep.

I last wrote about my progress about half way through September, at which point I had logged just six days on the water. I knew I had to put in significant effort if I were to even come close to twenty days on the water. So here is how the second half of September went.  Continue reading “The Orvis “20 Days in September” Challenge – Part 3”

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3 Takeaways from MSB Fish & Wildlife Commission Meeting

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Mat-Su Borough Assembly Chambers at the start of Tuesday meeting. Photo: Ben Rowell

On Tuesday, August 22, the Matanuska Susitna Borough Fish and Wildlife Commission held a special meeting with representatives from ADF&G to discuss concerns about recent Upper Cook Inlet fish management decisions. In attendance were commission members, ADF&G Commissioner Sam Cotten, Tom Brookover, ADF&G Director of the Division of Sport Fish, Scott Kelley, ADF&G Director of the Divisions of Commercial Fisheries, and about 125 Mat-Su residents and elected officials. The meeting was scheduled to run from 5pm to 7pm but ran an hour longer to accommodate public testimony.

Here are my three takeaways from the meeting.  Continue reading “3 Takeaways from MSB Fish & Wildlife Commission Meeting”

Susitna River Coho Limit Increased to Four Per Day

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In a easily predicted move that some may consider a political calculation, ADF&G increased the limit for coho salmon effective today at 5pm. Also today at 5pm, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Fish and Wildlife Commission is set to meet with ADF&G commissioner and directors, along with Mat-Su residents, about the commercial harvest of 90,000 coho salmon head to Upper Cook Inlet rivers. Coincidence? I think not.

Tonight’s meeting is from 5pm to 7pm at the Mat-Su Borough building in Palmer and is open to the public.  Continue reading “Susitna River Coho Limit Increased to Four Per Day”

Fishing Report Roundup! (July 8, 2017)

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Rainbow trout caught in the crystal clear water of Montana Creek. 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! (July 8, 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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Poor Salmon Runs Have Guides Targeting Trout, Sitting It Out

Last week ADF&G announced two emergency orders limiting opportunities to harvest king salmon. The first banned the use of bait on the Deshka River. The second closed the Little Su to king salmon fishing except for a few upcoming weekends. With such poor returns, some anticipate both rivers closing to all king salmon fishing, including catch and release, as early as this week.  Continue reading “Poor Salmon Runs Have Guides Targeting Trout, Sitting It Out”

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 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)”