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  • Deshka Kings

    Has anybody else heard of about 22,000 or so Kings go pass the Deshka weir today? A buddy told me about it this am. If that is true, Holy Fishon Batman!!!
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  • #2
    Mebbe 2200 - 22K sounds like a fish tale to me. I did hear that it is gong to open for bait soon (Monday). That is too bad. Why not let some fish through - bait is going to kill some fish in that system this year.

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    • #3
      Your friend needs glasses. 2,279 passed on June 10th.

      http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/FishCounts/
      Your bait stinks and your boat is ugly

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      • #4
        That river needs to remain baitless and let it grow. Leave it baitless for a few years with current restrictions and we might have a chance at a decent fishing spot. 2,200 fish is no where near enough IMHO for that river.
        Ignorance is not Bliss, it's insanity

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        • #5
          That was 2200 in one day. With the total count through yesterday at just of 8k, there is some hope for a good run. Hopefully it is not just a front loaded run.

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          • #6
            If the run is front loaded and adfg opens it up to bait - shame on them. They should wait another week at least. Look back at the escapement and then come back up 3 to 5 years - interesting.

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            • #7
              Even at 8k total so far it is way too soon to open for bait. Whats the goal? The last I hear, all the sportsman wanted the rivers to get healthy so they can continue to be fishable. Would it really hurt to keep the regs the way they are and not screw with them? Our managment of the rivers has killed them. Instead of thinking of the interest of sport fishing success today, lets think about it for the future.
              Ignorance is not Bliss, it's insanity

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              • #8
                9066 as of yesterday, the escapement goal is 13,000-28,000

                http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/FishCo...&SpeciesID=410

                The Deshka will have no problem meeting escapement.. Bait up boys

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by alaskabliss View Post
                  That river needs to remain baitless and let it grow. Leave it baitless for a few years with current restrictions and we might have a chance at a decent fishing spot. 2,200 fish is no where near enough IMHO for that river.
                  Absolutely agree with you alaskabliss. It seems sometimes there are those who are like kids watching strawberries. They see some strawberries, somewhat red on the outside but not quite ripe, and decide to pick it, only to bite into it and find out it's not that sweet, and ruin any hope for a future ripe harvest. Let the rivers be for a while. What is wrong with leaving this river as an artificial fly and lure fishery only?

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                  • #10
                    If it remains closed to bait, it is much harder to justify lifting the current restrictions on the Northern District Commercial fleet. Lift the bait restriction on the Deshka, and that means its obvious that the entire Susitna run is doing well enough to double the remaining fishing time for the commercial fishermen.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by willphish4food View Post
                      If it remains closed to bait, it is much harder to justify lifting the current restrictions on the Northern District Commercial fleet. Lift the bait restriction on the Deshka, and that means its obvious that the entire Susitna run is doing well enough to double the remaining fishing time for the commercial fishermen.
                      Exactly what I was thinking. F&G will cave in to the commfish boys and ignore the fact that there are a dozen or so other streams in the Susitna drainage that have been doing way worse than the Deshka for years.

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                      • #12
                        http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/EONR/i...n.NR&NRID=1962
                        Your bait stinks and your boat is ugly

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                        • #13
                          OK - who do we make phone calls and email to ask them to keep it as-is? Let's get the phones ringing and block up their emails. Do we call Cora or who?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bullelkklr View Post
                            OK - who do we make phone calls and email to ask them to keep it as-is? Let's get the phones ringing and block up their emails. Do we call Cora or who?

                            Sam Ivey is the area biologist. 746-6300.

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                            • #15
                              I think it would be better for fish returns everywhere if the upper escapement goals were met, not the lower escapement goals...
                              Can't be letting those fish 'over escape' :rolleyes:

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