Hello out there hope everyone is doing well. Here is my 2009 report on fishing the famed Nushagak
River in the Bristol Bay area of the great state of Alaska. The fishing was great for the first two weeks of the season, but the second two weeks of the season was a different story. The same old story year after year. We start catching a few good fish then bam!! the commercial fisherman take over and decimate the King Salmon run. It seems that they need to take the salmon by the million while we try to take them by the foursomes. In my opinion Alaska Fish & Game needs to set some rules. They need to get 100,000 breedable King Salmon in the river to ensure there continued existance. We did the numbers, if you add up all the fish taken by anglers in all the camps on the river we come up with 10,000 fish total maybe. That is a great year. The state seems to think people are going to pay $3,000.00 to $6000.00 a week to come up there to catch fish that are net burned and deformed, all the while they are killing them by the million out in the bay, and lets not even mention what pressure they are getting out in the open ocean. The Chinese, Russians, Japanese, and native corps giant trollers that literaly sweep the ocean of fish. Someone is dreaming, I have been on the river since 1996 and have watched its decline ever since.
Someone needs to do something before it is too late. My advice is go while there are fish there, because it is not going to last. My time on the Nushagak river is coming to a sad end soon.
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