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    Are trot lines legal in Alaska?

  • #2
    Not in most areas. Where are you planning on using them?

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    • #3
      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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      • #4
        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.
        Those that are successful in Alaska are those who are flexible, and allow the reality of life in Alaska to shape their dreams, vs. trying to force their dreams on the reality of Alaska.

        If you have a tenuous grasp of reality, Alaska is not for you.

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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            What does trot line mean? Is this some slang?

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            • #7
              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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              • #8
                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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                Before taking any of my advice for granted on here research the legal ramifications thoroughly I am not the Troopers nor am I the Judge that will be presiding over your case/hearing. Please read the hunting and sportfishing regulations and feel free to interpret their meaning on your own.

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                • #9
                  I stand corrected. That's cool, though...you can still fish for burbot with a "set line" in that area.

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                  • #10
                    There are some interesting stories of commercial fishing on Kenai Lake, with trotlines.
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                    • #11
                      please tell us a story about trotlines in kenai lake... i love that kind of stuff... seriously!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by homerdave View Post
                        please tell us a story about trotlines in kenai lake... i love that kind of stuff... seriously!
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                        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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                        • #13
                          where?

                          Where in Arkansas did you work?
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                          • #14
                            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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                            • #15
                              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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