Coho salmon

Fishing Hole featured in video by chamber of commerce director

Let there be no question: There are salmon in the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, known by locals simply as the Fishing Hole.  After several years… Continue reading

If you can’t catch anything, imitate success

If you can’t catch anything, imitate success

Now that the silvers are starting to enter the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, it’s time for some of you to pause and try to figure… Continue reading

If you can’t catch anything, imitate success

Remembering Old Salty

I first met Renn Tolman in the early 1990s on Shuyak Island where I lived and worked as the seasonal ranger. Renn had been hunting… Continue reading

If you can’t catch anything, imitate success

If you can’t catch anything, imitate success

Now that the silvers are starting to enter the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, it’s time for some of you to pause and try to figure… Continue reading

If you can’t catch anything, imitate success
Catches not spectacular, but anglers enjoy success

Catches not spectacular, but anglers enjoy success

The Fourth of July celebration was enveloped by such a superb three-day weather forecast that northern worker bees were attracted to our area in impressive… Continue reading

Catches not spectacular, but anglers enjoy success
Ignoring fishing regs won’t pay in long run

Ignoring fishing regs won’t pay in long run

I just don’t get it. For weeks, information has been bouncing around the Internet and printed media that, for right now, fishermen and fisherettes may only… Continue reading

Ignoring fishing regs won’t pay in long run

Low king salmon numbers forecast in western Alaska

NOME (AP) — Western Alaska fishermen hoping for improved king salmon runs in 2014 will be disappointed again, according to biologists with the Alaska Department… Continue reading

Bright sockeye harvest in forecast

Bright sockeye harvest in forecast

An off-year pink cycle is expected to dramatically reduce the salmon harvest in 2014, down 47 percent from last year, according to the annual report… Continue reading

Bright sockeye harvest in forecast

Board of Fisheries acted fairly

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Alaska Board of Fisheries for its dedication during the Upper Cook Inlet management hearings.  Two… Continue reading

Commercial fishing fleet takes hits from BOF

Commercial fishing fleet takes hits from BOF

The on-going Board of Fisheries meeting dealing with Cook Inlet salmon plans has been rough on the commercial fishermen, taking a big red pen to… Continue reading

Commercial fishing fleet takes hits from BOF
Board of Fisheries meeting on Upper Cook Inlet salmon fishery under way

Board of Fisheries meeting on Upper Cook Inlet salmon fishery under way

The Board of Fisheries meeting to regulate the Upper Cook Inlet salmon fishery kicked off at the Egan Center in Anchorage on Friday with staff… Continue reading

Board of Fisheries meeting on Upper Cook Inlet salmon fishery under way

Groups gear up for fish meetings

With more than 230 regulatory proposals, several pages worth of suggested changes to the Cook Inlet finfish fisheries, nearly 500 written comments and several hundred… Continue reading

Joe Edwards of Houston, Texas, watches as his king salmon weights in at 16.2 pounds at the Douglas Harbor for the Golden North Salmon Derby in August of 2011. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Juneau said the 28-inch size limit for chinook salmon, while intended as a conservation measure, may be removing fast-growing fish from the population over time.

A king without a crown: Chinook vulnerable to ocean forces

Editor’s note: This is the ninth in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.” Alaska’s long-lived monarch — the king… Continue reading

Joe Edwards of Houston, Texas, watches as his king salmon weights in at 16.2 pounds at the Douglas Harbor for the Golden North Salmon Derby in August of 2011. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Juneau said the 28-inch size limit for chinook salmon, while intended as a conservation measure, may be removing fast-growing fish from the population over time.
A spawned out sockeye salmon floats in Quartz Creek, an upper tributary to the Kenai River. Making sure the right amount of salmon reach the spawning grounds — known as an escapement goal — is the primary objective for Alaska Department of Fish and Game managers in the summer. That objective is a difficult one to achieve when sockeye are abundant and king salmon are not, as has been the case in the last several years. The way ADFG sets, and achieves, escapement goals is a matter of much debate because of the impacts on sport and commercial users as well as the impact missed goals can have on future returns.

Fishermen focus on how ADFG sets, achieves escapement goals

Editor’s note: This is the eighth in the Morris Communications series, “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.” Each spring, as the early-run king… Continue reading

A spawned out sockeye salmon floats in Quartz Creek, an upper tributary to the Kenai River. Making sure the right amount of salmon reach the spawning grounds — known as an escapement goal — is the primary objective for Alaska Department of Fish and Game managers in the summer. That objective is a difficult one to achieve when sockeye are abundant and king salmon are not, as has been the case in the last several years. The way ADFG sets, and achieves, escapement goals is a matter of much debate because of the impacts on sport and commercial users as well as the impact missed goals can have on future returns.
Strong run of sockeye forecast for 2014

Strong run of sockeye forecast for 2014

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is expecting another solid sockeye salmon run in Upper Cook Inlet for 2014, but a weak return to… Continue reading

Strong run of sockeye forecast for 2014
What’s become of the Yukon kings?

What’s become of the Yukon kings?

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in the Morris Communications series, “The case for conserving Kenai king salmon.”   The Yukon River draws into its… Continue reading

What’s become of the Yukon kings?
Droves of dipnetters crowd the beach along the Kenai River this past summer looking to fill their freezers with sockeye salmon in the personal use fishery open only to Alaska residents. The 2013 season featured a single-day record of nearly 250,000 sockeye entering the river on July 16, but many who missed out on that Tuesday bonanza had difficulty reaching their limit of 25 reds for a head of household and 10 for each additional family member.-Peninsula Clarion file photo

While kings drive news, sockeyes drive area’s economy

Editor’s note: This is the third in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.” There are very few things that… Continue reading

Droves of dipnetters crowd the beach along the Kenai River this past summer looking to fill their freezers with sockeye salmon in the personal use fishery open only to Alaska residents. The 2013 season featured a single-day record of nearly 250,000 sockeye entering the river on July 16, but many who missed out on that Tuesday bonanza had difficulty reaching their limit of 25 reds for a head of household and 10 for each additional family member.-Peninsula Clarion file photo
Salmon species other than kings thriving in Alaska

Salmon species other than kings thriving in Alaska

Editor’s note: This is the second part of the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.”    On a bright July… Continue reading

Salmon species other than kings thriving in Alaska
King in cycle: Salmon populations follow cycles of boom and bust

King in cycle: Salmon populations follow cycles of boom and bust

Dena’ina tradition holds that each spring when the Golden Crown Sparrow warbles its distinctive three-note song the first of the five Pacific salmon runs to… Continue reading

King in cycle: Salmon populations follow cycles of boom and bust
Diehard anglers don’t duck for cover

Diehard anglers don’t duck for cover

Labor Day decided to be a bit testy this year. Winds pounded the wilting fireweed generating mini blizzards of white seedling parachutes spinning through the… Continue reading

Diehard anglers don’t duck for cover
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