Hooligan Fishing Charters in Alaska

Hooligan Fishing Charters in Alaska Hooligan fishing is a growing phenomenon in Alaska and we have several local river that offer amazing hooligan fishing opportunities. Each year in mid to late May local rivers in the Anchorage area begin to teem with these small smelt locally known as “hooligan”. You must be an Alaska resident to fish for hooligan. Hooligan Fishing in Anchorage has become more popular but most of the places to catch them that you can drive to just don’t offer the numbers that the Big Susitna river does. We take you by boat to a place you can experience a Hooligan Run in Alaska that you won’t soon forget. Hooligan Fish Hooligan (Thaleichthys pacificus), otherwise known as “eulachon” or “candlefish”, are a type of anadromous smelt that makes its way into a number of rivers in Alaska during the spring spawning run. The name candlefish comes from their oily composition and the fact that people used to render the oil from these fish to burn and use for light. Legend has it that people used to dry these fish and light their tales on fire to use them as candles! They migrate in select rivers in the hundreds of thousands. the run typically takes around 5 to 7 days then it’s over until next year. More an more people are getting in on Hooligan fishing and are enjoying eating them. People have learned to cook hooligan in many different ways and for those who enjoy them they are a delicacy. There are many hooligan recipes available. You can look online to find ways that people cook these little fish.     How To Book a Hooligan Charter We only run hooligan charters during the peak of the run within a 20 minute boat ride up or down …

2016 Update: The Deshka River Opens For Bait June 1st

Good News on The Deshka River The numbers of king salmon returning to the Deshka River have been sufficient enough in the last three years for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to announce a firm date for the Deshka to open to the use of bait. In the past several years we have been on a “wait and see” basis for the use of bait due to concerns that there may not be enough king salmon returning to spawn. This year, in 2016 the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced a definite day to allow the use of bait in the Deshka on June 1st. This is still a deviation from the stated regulation which states that bait should open on Deshka on May 15th, but it is a definite improvement. We expect to have a great season this year. If you would like to book a king salmon fishing trip use our secure online booking system or call us at 907-357-0131