The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:
Lottery Application Period to open for Chatanika River Whitefish Spear Fishery Permits
(Fairbanks) – The Chatanika River Personal Use Whitefish Spear Fishery Permit lottery application period will begin on Monday, August 1 at 12:01 a.m. and will close on Monday, August 15 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, applicants must apply online.
Only one online lottery entry per household is allowed, and only one permit per household will be issued. Applicants must have a current, resident sport fishing license (unless under 18 years of age) to enter the lottery.
There will be 300 permits issued this year. Applicants will be randomly selected for a permit, and results will be announced via email and posted to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website on Thursday, August 25. Successful applicants will receive their permits via email and need to print and sign them before fishing.
The fishery will open on Friday, September 9 and close on Monday, October 10. There is an annual household limit of 10 whitefish with no size limits. The limit can include any combination of humpback whitefish, round whitefish, and least cisco.
Sheefish or Arctic grayling MAY NOT be speared or retained.
All permittees must submit an online harvest report by October 31, even if they did not catch any fish or did not fish. Permittees who do not have online reporting capabilities can go to the Fairbanks Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) office at 1300 College Road and use a public computer with assistance from staff. Permittees who do not report online by the October 31 deadline will be placed on a Failure To Report List and will be ineligible to receive a Chatanika River Personal Use Whitefish Spear Fishery Permit in 2023.
The Chatanika River Personal Use Whitefish Spear Fishery Management Plan sets a maximum harvest of 1,000 whitefish. In 2021, the total harvest for the spear fishery was 603 fish.
For additional information or questions, please contact Andrew Gryska, Tanana River Area Management Biologist, 907-459-7339.