Anchorage Man Pays For Massive Dip Net Haul

Dip net fines continue to fill pages of Trooper reports. Two Anchorage residents had particualrly good luck this week, but both were slapped with $110 fines for failing to record their catches.


24-year-old Joshua Vo had more than 40 salmon he failed to log last Saturday, while 64-year-old Cleo Durr was found with 38. The increase in Wildlife Trooper enforcement has led to an uptick in the number of dip netting citations being handed out.


Wildlife Troopers were originally assigned to monitor the East Side Set Net Fishery, through money inserted in the capital budget by Mat-Su Senator Mike Dunleavy, but with only three openings for most of the fishery this year, Troopers have been patrolling other areas.

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  1. Judy 25 July, 2014, 18:48

    It is good to see they are nailing people for all these violations. People are killing the fish, and some of it is downright wanton waste, or to fatten their own pockets. Long overdue. It’s been going on for years, and has gotten worse with every year. I cannot believe what is happening down here on the Peninsula this year. It is the worst traffic, rudest people, and they are greedy! Most of them certainly are not “needy” either. When these fish run, it is like a lust or greed comes over people. F&G has our support totally! Out of staters getting resident licenses and dipnetting permits and they do not even live here, some not even year around and claim to.

  2. Claudia 25 July, 2014, 20:59

    110 dollars. Yeah that’s gonna stop em. Geez…fine them 110 per fish….now that would be a deterrent.

  3. Julie 25 July, 2014, 21:10

    The fine should be bigger. People are being utterly wasteful.

  4. Timmay 25 July, 2014, 21:51

    $110 dollars??? That’s it? How about making it a fine of $20 per fish? $110 is a drop in the bucket and obviously NOT any real deterrent to the plunder of honest personal use dip letters. It seems people not of the Kenai Peninsula are relying on anonymity also, more-so than Peninsula residents.Just an opinion and observation.

  5. Sharob 25 July, 2014, 21:51

    Dont blame just one group ther have been tons of people up river catching them and as far as the commercial guys they have been fishing the kasilof special harvest area since last fridaythey are catching very large red salmon that is kenais salmon and ask fish and game how many kings they have caught

  6. Georgia Poynor 25 July, 2014, 21:58

    Fine them the going rate per pound to buy salmon. If we don’t follow the rules we can’t complain when the fish are gone. Be part of the solution

  7. Mrs lady love 26 July, 2014, 00:03

    Only 110.00 fine for 38-40 illegal fish? They get the fish taken away also, right? Hope their license gets taken away for a few years

  8. jolene 26 July, 2014, 00:09

    Yep they r gready and this year has Ben pretty bad people have been shorting the state and tent camping at WalMart shorting the state parks to save 5$ a day and r making the city ok Kenai look crapy looks like homeless ppl living right in town ? But WalMart says that its ok on there property and I don’t think that should be allowed when there r so many nice places provided to avoid that people who can clearly afford to stay in state park

  9. Michelle 26 July, 2014, 05:41

    $110 is a small price to pay for 38 salmon. The fine should be per fish. $110 x 38 would hurt a little and teach a lesson.

  10. Jake 26 July, 2014, 06:37

    110$ fine ? That’s not very much . They should raise the fines so high that it will cause people
    To actually obey the law . Saw a guy dip netting in a raft in the mouth if the kenai on 7/25 . He was the only boat there
    Just blatantly doing it. It’s people like him who should be fined big time but there was no enforcement
    Around at all .

  11. K 26 July, 2014, 07:49

    Next spring, all that greed will be offered on craigslist as freezer burned salmon for dog food.

  12. Boar 26 July, 2014, 11:12

    $110??? That is loose change to most Alaskans. The fine should be at least $500 for these fish & wildlife violations.

  13. Ronald Kruckenberg 26 July, 2014, 19:29

    Very happy to see in forcemeat with our tax dollars for a change. I am also worried about all the local Kenai citizens calling the river theirs. Please people, this is an Alaskan resource and we all own it. Now let’s keep it clean and share the wealth of the offerings the river gives us. Don’t act like seagulls screaming mine, mine mine! That is just rude and terribly ugly. Do the right thing…..

  14. SPWright 28 July, 2014, 08:26

    Mon. 7/28/14 Once AGAIN Alaskans can be Trusted to Do the Right Thing ! NOT !
    We don’t need no damn government ! We don’t need no damn Rules !

    There should be Check Points set up at every Exit from the Beach & Boat Launch. & a State Trooper “Brown Shirt” to inspect each & every Vehicle & Boat. No exceptions. Cuz Our Fellow Alaskans have Proven once AGAIN that they can NOT Be Trusted to Do the Right Thing.

    SPW in Sloooooowdotna

  15. John 28 July, 2014, 11:53

    This fine is ridiculously low. We need more law enforcement here on the Peninsula. Has anyone ever seen a Fish & Game Trooper out on the Kenai River? Everyone will be party fishing Silvers soon………………..if there are any left after the commercial boys get done.

  16. Jake 28 July, 2014, 15:00

    John once again your comment shows how ignorant you are . Us commercial boys aren’t even allowed to fish for silvers
    On the east side of cook inlet and we barely catch any over here anyway . So before you go bad mouthing us commercial fisherman
    Maybe you better do some studying and get your facts straight. Plus those fish are not all for the sport people anyway , there for all of us. So us commercial guys have just as much a right to go catch those fish as you do .

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