Fish Creek opens for dipnetting, drawing crowds

Dozens of fishermen dip their nets along the banks of Fish Creek. (Henry Leasia / Alaska Public Media)

Near Wasilla today, hundreds of salmon set to spawn in Fish Creek swam a gauntlet of dipnets after the Department of Fish and Game opened the sometimes sporadic personal-use dipnet fishery there.

Early counts and projections for the near future indicate a strong enough sockeye run.

For local fish biologists and dipnetters alike, Fish Creek is a hands on, full-spectrum salmon experience right in their backyard.

Alaska Public Media’s Casey Grove and Henry Leasia were there too, and have this audio postcard.

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The Fish Creek personal dipnet fishery is expected to remain open each day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until Monday.

The limit is 25 fish per head of household and 10 more for each family member.

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Casey Grove is the host of Alaska News Nightly and a general assignment reporter at Alaska Public Media with an emphasis on crime and courts. Reach him at

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