Fishing

In a move that throws a curveball into the volatile halibut bycatch issue, two Alaska representatives have been disqualified from voting when the matter comes before the North Pacific Fishery Management Council when it meets June 1-9 in Sitka.Jim Paulin
An array of Northwest rivers, including the Koyuk, Ungalik, Inglutalik, Shaktoolik, Unalakleet and Golsovia, will close to sport and subsistence fishing June 8.Alaska Dispatch News
While Seward may be best known for its popular Silver Salmon Derby in August, locals fill their freezers and smokers with shore-caught red salmon as soon as they show up in late May.  Tyler Pelo
One-time Alaska Fish Board appointee Roland Maw was fined $7,245 and barred from hunting and fishing for 18 months following his no contest plea to illegally obtaining resident hunting and fishing licenses in the state of Montana.Laurel Andrews
Bycatch levels set by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council have not changed for 20 years for the fleet of 28 Seattle-based trawlers. At the same time, halibut catches for commercial, sport and subsistence users have been slashed for 14 consecutive years due to stock depletion and small fish.   Laine Welch
The ceremonial first fish of the Copper River salmon season arrived Friday morning at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on an Alaska Airlines jet painted like a giant fish.Associated Press
In my view, whitefish are better eating than grayling. Their meat is firmer. Grayling are spring spawners and tend to be mushy well into June. John Schandelmeier
A White House pledge to veto proposed changes to federal fishing laws has divided fishermen over whether the rule changes should be saved or scrapped.Patrick Whittle | Associated Press

Anglers try their luck fishing for rainbow trout on a sunny Wednesday evening, May 27, 2015, at Anchorage area lakes stocked by ADF&G.