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    https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/FishC...&SpeciesID=420

    Very encouraging news on the Fish Creek front! July 16, 2120 fish. July 20, 18,394. Count by weir. Threshold should be met easily, and dipnetting may be opened if the numbers continue like this!

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    What is the threshold for opening Fish Creek for dipnetting?

    Thanx, Dave.
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    threshold is 50,000 and can open up until the 31st.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbo View Post
    threshold is 50,000 and can open up until the 31st.
    The goal is 20,000 to 70,000 fish. If it is projected that the escapement will exceed 50k, dipnetting will open.

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    fish creek personal use dipnet fishery to open 6:00 a.m., july 24

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daplumber View Post
    fish creek personal use dipnet fishery to open 6:00 a.m., july 24
    http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/EONR/i...n.NR&NRID=2146
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    I'm sure it's been asked hundreds of times... Is there a trail for walking from KGB down to the mouth? I know there's private property on both sides of the creek....

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    I have the same question as Stafford. Trying to get my wife on her first salmon. Ship creek failed me Tuesday morning and my wife really tried. 4 hours on the vibrax and now hook ups. I have an inflatable zodiac but not sure if I can piece it together down there. does anyone have some insight on dipping there?

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    Not really, access is very restricted to below the high tide line-the F&G bulletin is well written.
    I have such a hard time trying to decide which outdoor activity to do every chance I get!! Living in AK is a mental challenge

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    Does anyone know what the tidal corrections are for Fish Creek? I forgot and I can't find it in my tide table chart. For some reason +45 min. from Anchorage sounds about right. Anybody know? Or can someone tell me what time high tide and low tide is tomorrow? Thanks.

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    45 min is about right, or close enough anyway.

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    Managed to catch five in the first 20 minutes today, then nothing. Had another five or so bump my net. Unfortunately my handle broke right at the net right when I started, so had to hold the hoop in the water by hand. Not hot and heavy, but a few more fish in the freezer is always appreciated.

    Got checked by the Troopers on my way out. Interaction was professional and friendly, as always. Be sure to clip the tails and record your catch, folks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhack Jack View Post
    Does anyone know what the tidal corrections are for Fish Creek?
    Goose Creek: (your closest NOAA station)
    Date Day Time
    7/24/15 Fri 1:39 AM 26.95 H
    7/24/15 Fri 9:02 AM 6.5 L
    7/24/15 Fri 2:19 PM 23.86 H
    7/24/15 Fri 9:23 PM 9.37 L
    7/25/15 Sat 2:31 AM 26.29 H
    7/25/15 Sat 9:59 AM 6.01 L
    7/25/15 Sat 3:23 PM 23.38 H
    7/25/15 Sat 10:21 PM 9.8 L
    7/26/15 Sun 3:29 AM 26.2 H
    7/26/15 Sun 10:55 AM 4.88 L
    7/26/15 Sun 4:27 PM 23.82 H
    7/26/15 Sun 11:17 PM 9.45 L
    7/27/15 Mon 4:31 AM 26.88 H
    7/27/15 Mon 11:47 AM 3.28 L
    7/27/15 Mon 5:30 PM 25.23 H
    7/28/15 Tue 12:09 AM 8.5 L
    7/28/15 Tue 5:30 AM 28.33 H
    7/28/15 Tue 12:37 PM 1.46 L
    7/28/15 Tue 6:26 PM 27.37 H
    7/29/15 Wed 12:58 AM 7.16 L
    7/29/15 Wed 6:25 AM 30.35 H
    7/29/15 Wed 1:24 PM -0.3 L
    7/29/15 Wed 7:16 PM 29.83 H
    7/30/15 Thu 1:46 AM 5.62 L
    7/30/15 Thu 7:16 AM 32.55 H
    7/30/15 Thu 2:10 PM -1.76 L
    7/30/15 Thu 8:02 PM 32.24 H

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    fish creek was a bust today. literally saw only 3 fish get caught in 6 hours

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    Quote Originally Posted by w1a9c8k5 View Post
    fish creek was a bust today. literally saw only 3 fish get caught in 6 hours
    Opening bell upstream of the road was pretty weak. Water is extremely low and warm, so whatever came in on the overnite high tide boogied upstream. Saw a few pinks, and several reds; about 2 dozen fish total spread out between a dozen people.

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    There were plenty of fish milling around by the mouth at 6am, but you've got to be willing to brave the 20' descent through the ankle-grabbing mud.

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    do the numbers an come in from Anchorage by boat it is not hard , but in at the dock an go just bump the numbers for time to get there on the incoming tide SID

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    The a.m. outgoing tide at the mouth was good. Didn't need to stay around for the incoming! just remember no fishing downstream of an imaginary line between the fish and game signs.

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    Took my kids in a small boat to the mouth for the Friday Opener. It was our first time dipping Fish Creek and we had a blast. Nice warm day (mid-70's) and a very friendly crowd, including entertainment provided by "Mud Follies" performed along the banks. We caught 10 sockeye over about 4 hours (+/- 2 @ high tide), which seemed about average. Some folks did better, if they located a hot spot within the hillbilly fleet that literally filled the mouth of the creek. It was definitely a day to remember. I've heard that the weekend was even more popular.

    Now, that the fish count numbers have been posted for the last few days, I can't help but notice the "effect" a large number of dipnetters can have on such a small stream. For the week leading up to that opening Friday, the fish count averaged almost 4,000 salmon per day, and it was pretty consistent each and every day. Then on Friday 7/24, only 138 fish made it up past the weir. Since, it didn't seem like folks were catching all those 4,000 fish, at least while I (and others) were there. Maybe all those nets in the water, acted like flaggers, waving the salmon away from the mouth? Saturday was similar, with only 22 fish being counted upstream. Sunday, more fish (1505) managed to run the gauntlet, or went through during the nightly closure? But still, not nearly the 12,000 or so fish, that should? have gone upstream over those 3 crowded days. Finally on Monday, when most folks went back to work, 10,578 salmon swam past the sonar! It's as if they were released from behind a gate. Very interesting pattern.

    Good luck to everyone during the rest of the week/season!
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