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Mike Campbell

A surge of silver salmon streaming back to the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon and nearby waters along the Homer Spit has allowed the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to permit snagging beginning Friday.

The limit is six silvers, or coho, per day -- double the normal limit of three fish in most Southcentral Alaska waters.

Not since 2008 has snagging been allowed in the lagoon.

“It’s just exploded with fish,” said Jim Lavrakas, executive director of the Homer Chamber of Commerce . “I’ve never seen it like this before.”...

Mike Campbell

Consider We Alaskans magazine an old friend who’s been out touch for a few years – back now to bend your ear with more tales of life in the 49th state.

The Sunday magazine was removed from the Daily News 14 years ago after a 20-year run as an integral feature of paper’s package of weekend sections. It returns this week as one of several upgrades to the paper, following its purchase by Alice Rogoff, owner of Alaska Dispatch News. Back to the future?...

Mike Campbell
Booming Kasilof red run allows biologists to ease rules

Catch more Kasilof River red salmon, whether in nets or using rods and reels. That was the message from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Thursda,y when biologists expanded the area open to personal use dipnetting and doubled the sport fishery bag limit to six per day, 12 in possession.

The move comes because the Kasilof has nearly reached its minimum escapement goal with thousands of red salmon a day expected to enter the river through the first week of August. About 156,000 red salmon already have been counted past the Kasilof sonar...

Mike Campbell

Eighty-nine-year-old angler Charles Conides of Anchorage has fished for red salmon in the Russian River since 1961. He estimates that back in the day, even at the height of the first of two red salmon runs to the Kenai Peninsula stream, only 100 people fished the mouth.

Progress changed that.

"They put that parking lot in there and now it's like Times Square," Conides said.

Now, Conides fishes shoulder-to-shoulder with other anglers in a riverside mob. But despite his age and the crowds, Conides is still bringing home plenty of tasty salmon fillets. Last month, his caught his limit of six fish in just four hours.

"It was very good," Conides said. "It always has been. I've always liked the area."...

Mike Campbell

Eighty-nine-year-old angler Charles Conides of Anchorage has fished for red salmon in the Russian River since 1961. He estimates that back in the day, even at the height of the first of two red salmon runs to the Kenai Peninsula stream, only 100 people fished the mouth.

Progress changed that.

"They put that parking lot in there and now it's like Times Square," Conides said.

Now, Conides fishes shoulder-to-shoulder with other anglers in a riverside mob. But despite his age and the crowds, Conides is still bringing home plenty of tasty salmon fillets. Last month, his caught his limit of six fish in just four hours.

"It was very good," Conides said. "It always has been. I've always liked the area."...

Mike Campbell

For the first time in a year, anglers will be allowed to seek one of Alaska's most-prized trophies, a hefty Kenai River king salmon, and bring home a fish if successful.

Starting Tuesday in the lower section of the river, from the mouth of the Kenai to its outlet from Skilak Lake, anglers restricted to unbaited single hooks will be able to catch and keep a king. That's good news for sportfishing guides who work the Kenai, according to Ricky Gease, executive director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association.

However, king salmon fishing remains closed in the upper river from markers located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek upstream to another marker at the outlet of Skilak Lake...

Mike Campbell

For the first time in a year, anglers will be allowed to seek one of Alaska's most-prized trophies, a hefty Kenai River king salmon, and bring home a fish if successful.

Starting Tuesday in the lower section of the river, from the mouth of the Kenai to its outlet from Skilak Lake, anglers restricted to unbaited single hooks will be able to catch and keep a king. That's good news for sportfishing guides who work the Kenai, according to Ricky Gease, executive director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association.

However, king salmon fishing remains closed in the upper river from markers located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek upstream to another marker at the outlet of Skilak Lake...

Mike Campbell

It's not Moab, a Utah Nirvana for mountain bikers. Nor is it Colorado, packed with trails rated among the best in the nation.

But come July, when a new 7-mile section of singletrack mountain biking trail will be finished on the north side of Anchorage's Kincaid Park, Alaska's largest city may enter a new era for off-pavement bikers, with more than 20 miles of singletrack at Kincaid and Hillside Park.

"The singletrack trails have made Anchorage a destination for Alaska mountain bikers," said Janice Tower of Singletrack Advocates, an organization that advocates for the narrow and challenging trails that some riders prefer...

Mike Campbell

It’s not Moab, a Utah Nirvana for mountain bikers. Nor Colorado, packed with trails rated among the best in the nation.

But come July, when a new 7-mile section of singletrack mountain biking trail will be finished on the north side of Anchorage’s Kincaid Park, Alaska’s largest city may enter a new era for off-pavement bikers, with more than 20 miles of singletrack at Kincaid and Hillside Park.

“The singletrack trails have made Anchorage a destination for Alaska mountain bikers,” said Janice Tower of Singletrack Advocates, an organization that advocates for the narrow and challenging trails that some riders prefer...

Mike Campbell

When it comes to catching hefty king salmon, Anchorage angler Kirby Shurtz doesn’t let a little adversity stand in his way.

Shurtz’s truck — with fishing gear inside — was stolen last week, he said. But the Bait Shack on Ship Creek loaned the longtime Ship Creek Slam’n Salm’n Derby angler a 10-weight fly rod. A friend donated a reel, and on Thursday evening, Shurtz was on the creek, casting at one of his usual haunts, near the E Street bridge...

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