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Sam Harrel/News-Miner Bob Busey lifts a whitefish high into the air to keep it on his spear after catching it in the Chatanika River on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010.

Beginning 8 a.m. Thursday, 225 household permits for the 2019 Chatanika River Personal Use Whitefish Spear Fishery will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Fairbanks Alaska Department of Fish and Game office. These permits are not available online or at other ADF&G offices.

The department will issue only one permit per household. Permit applicants must be Alaska residents and have a valid resident sport fishing license. Each household permit authorizes a harvest of 10 whitefish in that portion of the Chatanika River from the downstream side of the Elliott Highway Bridge to the trans-Alaska pipeline crossing (roughly seven river miles downriver from the bridge).

Whitefish can only be taken by spear in the Chatanika River drainage under personal use regulations with a personal use permit; the use of spears to take whitefish in the Chatanika River drainage under sport fishing regulations is prohibited. Whitefish can be taken by hook and line in the Chatanika River drainage under general sport fishing regulations.

The 2019 Chatanika River Personal Use Whitefish Spear Fishery will be open from 12:01 a.m. Sept. 12 through 11:59 p.m. Oct. 14.

The Fairbanks ADF&G office is located at 1300 College Road. For additional information contact Heather Scannell, Tanana Area management biologist, at 459-7344.

Contact staff writer Alistair Gardiner at 459-7575. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMoutdoors.

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