Some say that the difference between a rose and a weed is a value judgement, but I’ll never look at an invasive weed the same now that I’ve been indoctrinated as to their potential ecological impacts…especially in Alaska. I’m back in Pennsylvania tending to some personal business but while I’m here I can’t help but notice the introduced and invasive plants that are prevalent in the neighborhoods of my youth. The first one I noticed while driving from the airport to my father’s residence was butter and eggs (a.k.a. yellow toadflax), which we have in several middle Kuskokwim villages. This [Read More...}
It looks like people are having success catching kings in the lower portion of river. Here are the results of ONC’s in-season harvest surveys that will be discussed at tomorrow’s Working Group meeting. (The entire Informational Packet can be found at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialbyareakuskokwim.salmon#/management) As you can see, 80% of the fishers are mostly drifting and using gear larger than 6 inches while 60% of them say the fishing for kings is very good. The vast majority of those surveyed feel that the run timing is normal. Although the water temperatures had been colder than average, the warm weather we’ve been having has [Read More...}
I’m a little late with this information but wanted to let people know that they can find ADF&G/Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group material and other pertinent information on the Department of Fish & Game’s website. Here are a few of the highlights from the packet material for June 11 that can be found it its entirety on http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfmadfg=commercialbyareakuskokwim.salmon#/management: Water level at Crooked Creek is several feet above average Water clarity and water temperature at the Bethel Test Fishery site are below average A few kings have showed up in the Bethel Test Fishery (but as of 6/17 Facebook posts indicate [Read More...}
Here’s a link for a YouTube clip featuring Bethel’s Brian McCaffery and many of the migratory birds of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yyMEoqG0jA&feature=share
Here is a link for the Commercial Fisheries Division News Release from May 24 explaining the tributary restrictions on the Aniak, Tuluksak, Kwethluk, Kisaralik and Kasigluk. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/home/news/pdfs/newsreleases/cf/272043280.pdf Here is the link for the ADF&G Sport Fish king salmon closure: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.NR&NRID=1772&year=2013
KYUK is having a call-in show today at 11:00 that will discuss this coming fishing season in the Kuskokwim. Here’s a news release (#3) that came out yesterday highlighting the management plan for this coming fishing season: NR3
It’s always a challenge to get a boat in the water in Napaimute once the ice passes; this year was no different. The water has risen one foot today due to the gorgeous weather melting snow in them there hills and there’s lots of wood and ice coming down on Memorial Day. Firewood getters – on your mark, get set…and goooo! I have found no better place than the Kuskokwim to see a full moon rising over the mountains and wonderful river.