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Fishing

Update: Emergency Order # 2-R-2-01-12 Expired 1 October 2012. Please familiarize yourself with the JBER Fishing Regulations. See full listing of State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game Emergency Orders here.

A state fishing license is required to fish on JBER in addition to a recreational access permit. Public access to JBER-Elmendorf fishing areas are based on the current security status of the base. Public access to JBER-Richardson fishing areas are based on the current training area closures.  NOTE - When attempting to Sign-in, you will only be allowed to Sign-in to training areas that are currently open; if you do not see your preferred training area, it is NOT available. Please follow training area opening guidance.

JBER is part of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) Anchorage Management Area for sport fisheries. There are 30 stocked lakes in this management area with four currently on JBER-Richardson and five on JBER-Elmendorf. Stocking numbers are based on state-estimated carrying capacity and estimates of fishing pressure. The stocking program has changed greatly over the years. Although past stocking programs released Arctic char, Arctic grayling, lake trout, and steelhead trout, the program currently stocks rainbow trout and landlocked salmon.

Fish are stocked in JBER-Richardson's lakes throughout the year, but most commonly between mid May and September. Stocking levels in Otter Lake have been drastically reduced due to the discovery of northern pike in that lake. Current stocking levels in other JBER-Richardson lakes are expected to remain at current levels, although they may be adjusted to reflect current angler use trends or fish availability.

Stocking rainbow trout on JBER-Richardson is largely considered a "put-and-take" fishery. Ice in the winter often locks up a large percentage of the available oxygen in shallow lakes. The ice cover also prevents free oxygen exchange at the surface. Both of these factors contribute to an oxygen deficient environment that can result in 100% mortality of salmonid species in the lake. Gwen and Waldon lakes experience such total winter loss of all stocked fish nearly every year while Clunie and Otter lakes are thought to successfully over-winter a large percentage of fish annually.

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All occupants in or on watercraft, will wear US Coast Guard approved Type I, II, or III Personal Floatation Device while on JBER waters.