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Area Sport Fishing Reports
Bristol Bay

September 19, 2016

 Bristol Bay Area

Fall 2016
Issued September 19, 2016

Regulation reminders

  • During the December 2015 meeting, the Alaska Board of Fish made the following regulatory changes to Bristol Bay sport fisheries. These new regulations are published in the 2016 Bristol Bay sport fishing regulation summary, and are in effect this season.
  •  “No chumming” regulation amended to include only sport fishing guides and guided anglers.
  • During the March 2016 statewide meeting, the Alaska Board of Fish made the following regulatory changes that applied to Bristol Bay sport fisheries. These new regulations are NOT published in the 2016 Bristol Bay sport fishing regulation summary but are in effect this season.
  • A bare single hook is now included in the definition of an artificial fly.
  • Clarified that an attractor bead that is either fixed within 2 inches of the fly (or bare hook) or is free sliding on the line or leader may be used in fly-fishing only waters.

Fresh waters

Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Grayling

  • Naknek and Kvichak drainages:
  • Fishing is reported as very good for rainbow trout and should remain good to excellent through late October. Beads, large streamers (Dolly Llama’s etc.), flesh patterns, and various spinners should work well.
  • Togiak River and nearby drainages:
  • Fishing for rainbow trout and Dollies is reported as good and will likely remain good to excellent until freeze-up. Anglers are primarily using beads, streamers, and flesh patterns. Spinners should work as well.
  • Wood River Lakes system:
  • Fishing is reported as very good for rainbows, Dollies, Arctic char, and grayling and should remain good to excellent through late October. Large streamers (Dolly Llama’s etc), flesh patterns, beads, and various spinners will be effective for rainbows and Dollies in tributaries of the lakes. Additionally, dry flies should work well in some tributaries for grayling. Finally, jigging spoons will be effective for Arctic char in the lakes.

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