An unseasonable winter has all-but eliminated punchy spring snow and ice shelves along the banks, boosting the opportunities for Alaska rainbow trout anglers to pursue their favorite species until a May 1 closure.
Whopping, bottom-feeding grayling are not the bright, pretty fish that come from Denali Highway streams. They tend toward gunmetal gray with dull, pinkish spots on the dorsal fin. However, anytime you can catch a grayling over a pound and a half, it is a beautiful fish.John Schandelmeier
Gov. Walker’s latest nominee for the Alaska Board of Fisheries faced a barrage of questions at a hearing Monday over the depth of his support for sportfishing -- even as a decision by the Senate Majority threw the whole appointment process into limbo.Zaz Hollander
A group of 20 retired Alaska state and federal biologists and managers has submitted a letter urging the Walker administration to choose salmon over coal at the Chuitna River in Upper Cook Inlet. The public can weigh in on the decision through April 9.Laine Welch
The Karluk and Ayakulik rivers may be poster children for the collapse of king salmon runs across Alaska, from the mighty Yukon River to Southcentral’s Kenai River. Few waterways have seen sharper declines.Mike Campbell
The idea is for a new sockeye salmon stamp patterned after the king salmon stamp already in use in Alaska. Anglers wanting to harvest sockeyes through sport fishing or personal-use fishing would need to purchase a sockeye stamp along with their fishing license.Jenny Neyman
A group of Yup'ik fishermen have decided not to appeal a court ruling that found severe fishing restrictions on king salmon in Alaska trumped their cultural and spiritual rights, their attorney said Thursday.Rachel D'Oro | Associated Press