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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game only allowed eight days of bait fishing on Little Susitna River in 2019, before restricting the river back to artificial lures. That first emergency order was followed by an emergency closure to coho salmon fishing on both Little Susitna River and Deshka River starting on Aug. 21. Even with those changes to the sport fishery, and emergency restrictions that first restricted a portion of the Northern District commercial fishery to one net, and then closed commercial fishing in the same area, the Little Su final coho count came in at less than half of the Department’s spawning escapement goal range of 10,100 to 17, 700. Even when the Little Su sport fishery was open to bait fishing, success rates and consequently participation rates were considerably lower than would occur on years with an on time in river return large enough to make the goal range. Recent rains and slightly higher water levels triggered 253 coho to swim past Little Su Weir on Sept. 2, but according to an ADF&G source there were very few remaining salmon staging behind the weir when it was pulled on Sept. 3.

My hunting partner, Gnarly Dan, and I had decided to apply for a caribou drawing permit hunt for the 2019 hunting season. We discussed the various hunts available and decided the DC590, Talkeetna Mountains hunt, was probably our best option. We had also decided to apply for the party permit option. That way either we both would have a permit or neither of us would.

Family Fishing Dynasty?… Here’s one of the many, right here in Napa County. Let me start you off with St. Helena angler Kirsten Hampton Brown. Kirsten and her ace fishing partner, Marty Mullarkey, scored 65 trout on fly rods in their third year fishing the Yellowstone River together. Their numbers are trending nicely: 60 fish in year one, 61 last year, and now 65.

A new study using a NASA satellite instrument orbiting Earth has found that small, environmental changes in polar food webs significantly influence the boom-and-bust cycles of phytoplankton. These findings will supply important data for ecosystem management, commercial fisheries and our understanding of the interactions between Earth’s climate and key ocean ecosystems, NASA said.

WASHINGTON -- In the final weeks of the Obama administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is finalizing rules that would further restrict the management of non-federal oil and gas development on lands of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Obama Administration has said protecting and expanding refuges is part of the president's environmental legacy.