(Released: July 30, 2020)

CONTACT: Heather Scannell
Area Management Biologist
(907) 459-7357

Chatanika River Personal Use Whitefish Spear Fishery Permits Will Only Be Issued by Lottery Online

(Fairbanks) Chatanika River Personal Use Whitefish Spear Fishery Permits will be issued using an online lottery system. The online application period begins Saturday, August 1 at 12:01 a.m. and ends August 15 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, applicants must apply online at https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/Store/.

A current, State of Alaska resident sport fishing license (unless under 18 years of age) is required to enter the lottery. Only one online lottery entry per household is allowed, and only one permit per household will be issued.

This lottery will be exclusively online (not at the ADF&G office). A total of 225 permits will be randomly selected during the week of August 17. Successful applicants will receive their permits via email and will need to print and sign them before participating in the fishery.

This year, the fishery will open on Thursday, September 10 and close on Monday October 12. The household limit (i.e. per permit) is 10 whitefish. Sheefish or Arctic grayling MAY NOT be speared or retained.

Due to Covid-19, lottery entries will not be issued from a Fish and Game office. Your efforts to use the online system and not show up in person to the office are appreciated. If you have difficulties navigating the website, staff will be available to help you over the phone (459-7357).

For additional information or questions, please contact Heather Scannell, Tanana River Area Management Biologist, 907-459-7357.