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Thread: Alaska/Anchorage August 8-24, 2008 -where and what to fish

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    Hi Dogger,

    One more thing worth mentioning, on Coho (Silver) salmon if you take them out of the water at all it counts towards your daily limit, even if you release it afterwards.

    --W

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    What is the thought behind not taking a silver out of the water, mortality rate on them?

    Also, it is interesting about the "preserved" vs just on ICE. I'll have to dig around about places to freeze the fish.

    I think some of the places that guide have that service and will hold the fish for a time period. However, will need someplace in Anchorage to freeze the fish.

    I am thinking some of the lakes in the area will be a good place to take the family, let them hike, bike or picinc while I wet a line. Sounds like the lakes may be less crowded that the rivers and stream.

    Overall, during August, will Alaska be busy, lots of crowds, busy highways, congestion, lines, etc or is some of that overblown? I have read that fishing rivers and streams at roadside spots is pretty crazy, what about the rest?

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    Default Re: Alaska/Anchorage August 8-24, 2008 -where and what to fish

    Hi dogger,

    You might find this site very useful. It has an inter-active map and you can select the area you are interesting in. It has some good maps and regulations on specific waters.

    Frank

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    Hi Dogger,

    Alot of the well known rivers by the road are pretty crowded that time of year, I'm not sure about the lakes though. I'm also not sure which ones are fly-only, but those are much less crowded (at least here.) The really crowded rivers are where people are netting or using spinners to fill their freezers. There are tons of lesser-know places that you can find some good fishing at, with some luck you can find someone a little more familiar with the Anchorage fishing than I am that can point you in the right direction up there. I'm sure you'll be able to find some places the family will enjoy while you fish though.

    I'm not sure why they have that rule on the Coho's, they sure are hard to release without getting them dry.

    --W

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    Default Re: Alaska/Anchorage August 8-24, 2008 -where and what to fish

    Hi wfosborn,

    Alaska has the state broken up into areas and each area has their own rules. I wonder if this is a local rule. Whey I lived in Alaska this was not a rule where I fished but it has been 14 years. You say if it is taken out of the water. Do you mean if the fish is beached or do you mean if you pick it up out of the water? I looked for this rule in the rules but couldn't find it. I would be interested in reading the rule. I didn't look at the Cordova area though. If you have any more information I would appreciate it.

    Frank

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    Hi Frank,

    If you go here Southcentral Alaska Sport Fish Regulations, ADF&G and download the PDF for the Prince William Sound area its on the second page about 3/4 of the way down on the left. Reading it again you're actually supposed to keep any Coho you remove from the water, guess I'd forgotten that part of it . . . I don't know how long they've been doing this, I just noticed it this year. I don't look at the regulations too often though, just happened to be flipping through them looking for some other info when I noticed it and it seemed kind of important since I normally C&R the Coho's so I guess it stuck.

    This page is a great reference for anyone looking at coming up to Southcentral Alaska to fish, by the way.

    --W

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    Default Re: Alaska/Anchorage August 8-24, 2008 -where and what to fish

    Hi wfosborn,

    Thanks for the link. That is interesting. I wonder if that rule is to keep people from culling their fish. Seems like it should apply to all Salmon. May have to do with the netting they allow on the Copper River. People may be netting Silver and tossing them back to get Kings.

    Frank

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    Hi Frank,

    No problem, I know other places they have that same rule on Rainbows. Could have something to do with what fisheries/stocking is in the area maybe? I'll have to ask one of the F&G guys when they come in for coffee and let you all know.

    --W

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    Wanted to post an update.

    That regulation on the Coho's is new this year. I guess too many people didn't know how to properly release fish and there was too much mortality because of it. I guess it was only a problem with the Coho's is why the rest of the salmon are exempt from it.

    --W

  10. Default Re: Alaska/Anchorage August 8-24, 2008 -where and what to fish

    There are tons of road access waters in southcentral Alaska.
    North of Anchorage you have: Willow creek, Sheep Creek, Little Su, Big Su, Ship Creek (on the north side of Los Anchorage)
    The Kenai Peninsula is where youwant to go. Russian River, Quartz creek, Kasilof River, Swanson River, Anchor River, Deep Creek and the Mighty Kenai are enough to keep you more than busy.
    Use a 5-6 on the Russian and quartz for rainbows and dollies. Use an 8 for silvers anywhere and for trout on the kenai river itself.

    Check the fishing report in the sunday daily news or go check the board at Sportsmans warehouse. The whole place calms down after July 31 or the close of king season.

    Don't bother with a fly out unless you can afford to hire a guide or you know how to deal with the bears by yourself. Many of the most popular flyout spots are just as busy as anywhere on the roads.

    It is nice to have a guide on the kenai itself but you can still catch plenty of fish just hiking in.

    Buy a Milepost guide book and have fun.

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