Historic, current, and future performance and management of the recreational fisheries of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (department) Region III Tanana River Management Area (TRMA) is presented in this report. Particular emphasis is placed on the performance and management of TRMA fisheries for 2011, with preliminary information for 2012.
The Tanana River drainage is the second largest tributary system of the Yukon River. The mainstem Tanana River is a large glacial system formed by the confluence of the Chisana and Nabesna rivers near Tok and the Alaska-Canada border, which flows in a generally northwest direction for some 570 river miles to the Yukon River.
Much of the human population in Region III is located within the Tanana River drainage along the Alaska, Richardson, and Parks highways, and along the road system around Fairbanks. These highways and their secondary roads provide much of the access to TRMA sport fisheries.
The majority of fishing effort in the TRMA occurs on the Chena, Salcha, Chatanika, and Delta Clearwater rivers; Minto Flats; Harding, Fielding, and Tangle Lakes, and various stocked waters. Sport anglers target many species in the TRMA; however, the most commonly targeted species are king salmon, coho salmon, Arctic grayling, burbot, northern pike, lake trout, and stocked rainbow trout.