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    Are trot lines legal in Alaska?

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    Not in most areas. Where are you planning on using them?

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    wasn't unless it was legal. I have a move planned for spring of 2010 to Tok. I have a nice trot line I used when I worked in Arkansas. If it was legal up there I would bring it with me. it not then I will sell it at the big yard sale we are having this summer.

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    For fishing in most waters, you are limited to one pole, one line and two hooks. Some waters limit you to one hook, and even one barb.

    You'll be pretty close to the Gulkanna which has some great salmon fishing. Just bring lots of bug dope, as those skeeters seem to be some of the most agressive in the state.

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    I think trot lines are completely illegal in Alaska now. Way back when I was a kid, that's how we fished for burbot in the summers, but I guess not anymore. I looked through F & G and could find no instance of it being legal.

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    What does trot line mean? Is this some slang?

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    A long line. LIke on a commercial boat but used inland in rivers and lakes. You have one main line with hooks about every 30" dangeling form a 14" leader. The two I have are 50' long.

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    Yes in the Tok area you are allowed the use of trotlines. If in flowing waters you can have up to 15 hooks if in lakes only 5 hooks and it has to be checked every 24 hours. Also the hooks have to be 3/4" or more between shank and point. It is listed under the Tanana River Drainage section in the fishing regulations.
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    I stand corrected. That's cool, though...you can still fish for burbot with a "set line" in that area.

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    There are some interesting stories of commercial fishing on Kenai Lake, with trotlines.

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    please tell us a story about trotlines in kenai lake... i love that kind of stuff... seriously!
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    please tell us a story about trotlines in kenai lake... i love that kind of stuff... seriously!
    +1


    As said you can use set lines for burbot in a lot of the larger rivers, there are hook size restrictions
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Where in Arkansas did you work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    please tell us a story about trotlines in kenai lake... i love that kind of stuff... seriously!
    Me too!

    One quick question about personal trotlines. How do you store/transport them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARKY View Post
    Where in Arkansas did you work?
    I was in West Memphis for about 6 months working on a rail road ramp. I got hooked up with some locals who showed me the ropes while i was there. Had a lot of fun.

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