Fishing season begins in Interior Alaska as lakes are thawed and stocked

Published: Jun. 2, 2021 at 3:43 PM AKDT|Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 3:44 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Fishing season is beginning in Interior Alaska as several lakes are finished thawing out and get stocked with fish.

According to Nissa Pilcher, Information Officer for Department of Fish and Game, most fishing spots in the Interior should be ready for another summer of fishing. Pilcher said, “Open water fishing season has officially begun. Open water is of course after we finish ice fishing. There’s likely ice on the high elevation lakes such as Paxson or Summit, but everything else should be ice free and ready to go. The Tanana River is still a little low in town, but most local rivers and streams are clearing up and folks have had pretty good luck targeting Arctic Grayling and other resident species out there.”

Stocking efforts had begun recently with a large push done over Memorial Day Weekend. Pilcher explained, “Stocking efforts have already started. They normally do a pretty big gear-up for Memorial Day weekend which was of course last weekend. Releases of catchable Rainbow Trout and Arctic Char have occurred at most of the roadside accessible lakes in the Tanana Drainage, and releases will continue to happen throughout this month, including today. To find out exactly where and how many fish have been stocked in these lakes, if you go to the Alaska Lake Database on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website and use the search by stocking date feature, you can see any of the recently stocked lakes in the area.”

But before you head out, there are some recent changes to the regulations in certain fishing spots according to Pilcher. “There are a few new regulation changes for a couple of the local lakes, streams, and sloughs. Many of them are already reflected in the regulation book, but a few of the more recent changes are Moose Lake and Polaris Lake on Eielson Air Force Base as well as Piledriver Slough and Moose Creek are now catch and release only; and the bag and possession limit for Northern Pike in the lakes and all flowing waters of the Minto Flats have been increased to two fish, only one of which may be 30 inches or greater.”

More information on fish populations and fishing locations can be found on the Department of Fish and Game’s website or Facebook page.

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