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    So I've heard of coho running up Wasilla creek, and been trying to do some research. One site reported there being 5 species of salmon running up the creek. Was wondering what the main cause for the populations to drop... just too many fisherman for the fish? Or was there some other cause to the low population drop? The last chart I remember seeing was 2003. Are there any other fish in the creek that you're able to fish for? Any additional info appreciated. Thanks.

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    Habitat loss , commercial fishing ( UCI setnetters and drifters), snaggers and poachers all thru the creek system. ATVs rippin thru the creek in the spawning and rearing areas all year long. You tell me.?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunt&FishAK View Post
    Habitat loss , commercial fishing ( UCI setnetters and drifters), snaggers and poachers all thru the creek system. ATVs rippin thru the creek in the spawning and rearing areas all year long. You tell me.?
    Ditto what Hunt Fish said......
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    Can remember summer days back in the 80s when big kings were so thick in sections of that little creek, they looked like spawning pinks in a shallow coastal stream... The data you have is correct, 5 species of salmon in varying degrees of abundance, a bit less so these days than what it used to be decades ago. Still fair number of Dolly Varden and a few rainbow trout in there.

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    Not many people recall but the little creek was over fished for silvers and reds in the early 90s and closed till 99 or 2000. When It first opened back up there were tuns of fish but as normal once the word got out the poachers showed up, plus more people live in the Vally now and fish there, you combine that with the habitat and set netters and there you have it fish start to go away.

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    They had problems with the culverts damming up and most of the upper spawning areas were clogged off by beavers. The beavers were mitigated in the mid 90's but will likely be needed again in a few years. The borough has been redoing all of the culverts recently which should help a great deal. One of the trail clubs put in ATV/Sled bridges on the trail system a few years back and installed some matting to help trail accessibility for ATV's. A couple years ago some guys in huge trucks tore an area up and diverted the creek into the marsh to the point that no salmon made it past that point.

    Ultimately lots of factors involved. Some govt level problems, some nature, some abuse or under regulated use.

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