Fishing Hole opens for snagging, purse seine fishing to open for select areas

The Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon will be open to anglers for snagging starting on Saturday. The Alaska Department of Fish and game is opening the… Continue reading

A fisherman’s stringer of Kasilof River sockeye salmon caught in the personal-use dipnet fishery lies on the beach on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Fish and Game increases Kasilof sockeye bag limit

With the Kasilof River sockeye run safely within the optimum escapement goal, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will allow anglers to keep more… Continue reading

A fisherman’s stringer of Kasilof River sockeye salmon caught in the personal-use dipnet fishery lies on the beach on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
This screenshot taken from Google Maps shows Koyuktolik Bay, known as Dog Fish Bay, south of Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. Four commercial fishermen from the Homer area are charged with illegally commercial fishing in Dog Fish Bay. (Courtesy Alphabet Inc)

4 charged in illegal commercial fishing near Homer

Editor’s note: This article has been clarified that not all four fishermen are charged with the same charges. The state has filed charges against four… Continue reading

This screenshot taken from Google Maps shows Koyuktolik Bay, known as Dog Fish Bay, south of Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. Four commercial fishermen from the Homer area are charged with illegally commercial fishing in Dog Fish Bay. (Courtesy Alphabet Inc)
Ashley Camp, left, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, poses with her 221.4-pound halibut caught on July 28, 2018 near Homer, Alaska. She caught the current Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby leader while fishing with Captain Brian Nollar, right, on the Bell Isles with Midnight Sun Charters. (Photo provided)

Vancouver woman takes lead in derby

A Vancouver, British Columbia, woman has taken the lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Ashley Camp of Vancouver now holds the top slot with… Continue reading

Ashley Camp, left, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, poses with her 221.4-pound halibut caught on July 28, 2018 near Homer, Alaska. She caught the current Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby leader while fishing with Captain Brian Nollar, right, on the Bell Isles with Midnight Sun Charters. (Photo provided)
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                                This May 15, 2017 photo shows a drift gillnet reel on the back of a commercial fishing vessel docked in the Homer small boat harbor in Homer.

Federal council names 5 commercial fishermen to committee

A committee of five fishermen, four of whom live on the Kenai Peninsula, will help provide advice to the council that will write a new… Continue reading

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                                This May 15, 2017 photo shows a drift gillnet reel on the back of a commercial fishing vessel docked in the Homer small boat harbor in Homer.
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                                Bevilyn Wright, right, of Dalhart, Texas, stands next to her 194-pound halibut with Capt. Jared Berg, left.

194-pound halibut leads derby

A 194-pound halibut caught by Bevilyn Wright of Dalhart, Texas, leads the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Wright caught the barn door while fishing with Capt.… Continue reading

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                                Bevilyn Wright, right, of Dalhart, Texas, stands next to her 194-pound halibut with Capt. Jared Berg, left.

Fish board denies emergency petition on hatchery permit

The Board of Fisheries declined to take up an emergency petition related to hatchery pink salmon production in Prince William Sound, though members agreed the… Continue reading

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                                Sockeye salmon caught in a set gillnet wait to be set to the a processor on July 11, 2016 near Kenai.

Tariffs ding commercial fishing industry

Fishermen and seafood harvesters may take a major trade hit with the announcement of new tariffs from China, though the details still aren’t clear. The… Continue reading

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                                Sockeye salmon caught in a set gillnet wait to be set to the a processor on July 11, 2016 near Kenai.

Red swamp crawfish turning up in Alaska

Warming oceans have brought news of many new and invasive species in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports… Continue reading

Column wraps up for season, not fishing

Now that we are beginning the slow tumble into the deep fall season where land hunts rule, don’t forget the stunning silvers and steelhead swaggering… Continue reading

Life-saving tips: Learn to swim, wear a PFD

Last Monday I opened a voicemail from my compadre Turk. He was so riled up that residual smoke leaked out of the receiver. He started… Continue reading

Fishing Hole: Fun for all ages

Tom Schroeder’s got time on his hands. So much time he’s booked about 150 hours so far this season at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon,… Continue reading

Fishermen concerned by Young’s MSA changes

Congressman Don Young, never a friend to environmentalists but never before a foe of fishermen, is coming under fire for his proposed changes to the… Continue reading

Ruffner doesn’t win legislative approval

The support from commercial fishermen and local governments apparently prevented a nominee for the Alaska Board of Fisheries with no commercial fishing experience whatsoever from… Continue reading

Banks seek to up fishing presence

The rationalization of federal fisheries has created a healthier environment for Alaska banks to underwrite commercial fishing industry loans. Alaska’s banks had a healthy 2014… Continue reading

Legislature considers personal use fishing

A bill that has been filed and failed every year since 2009 that would create a priority for personal use fishing seems to be getting… Continue reading

Fishermen arriving for Winter King Tournament

Fishermen from around the state began showing up in Homer today for the annual Winter King Salmon Tournament. The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor… Continue reading

Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization moves forward

Almost 40 years ago, without regard for the conservation of our fisheries or the needs of the Alaskan people, foreign fishing fleets dominated the waters… Continue reading

Cordova tops in state with most commercial fishing boats

United Fishermen of Alaska has released an updated comprehensive look at commercial fishing statewide with an interactive map detailing the specifics for the year 2013… Continue reading

Trawl fleet continuing to fish for Pacific cod

The boats fishing for Pacific cod with pots in the central Gulf of Alaska federal season finally wrapped up their 17.9 million pound quota Monday,… Continue reading