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Fishing In Bear Country
It is easy to become so engaged in fishing, that you forget to be alert for bears. They are surprisingly quiet and difficult to see in dense grass or tall brush, so always have someone spot bears for you. At minimum, keep 50 yards between yourself and all bears. Stop fishing and move away well before a bear approaches within 50 yards, or you may find yourself in a situation with a fish on the line and a bear in pursuit.
Fishing Regulations for the Brooks River Drainage
Brooks River is fly fishing only and fishing from the floating bridge is prohibited. Only unbaited, single-hook, artificial flies may be used in Brooks River. An Alaska state fishing license is required to fish within Katmai National Park and Preserve. Continuing to engage in any fishing activity within 50 yards of a bear is prohibited. No lures can remain in the water when a bear is within 50 yards of you. In these situations, persons engaged in fishing are required to immediately remove any lures from the water and release any fish from their line.
Brooks River is catch and release only, except downstream of the floating bridge. Downstream of the bridge, only one fish per person per day can be retained. Fish hooked elsewhere than in the mouth must be released immediately. No rainbow trout may be kept in Lake Brooks, Brooks River, or within 1/4 mile of the mouth of Brooks River in Naknek Lake at any time. Fish that are retained must be immediately placed whole in a plastic bag and transported to the Fish Freezing Building for storage. Each bagged fish must be labeled with the angler’s name, date caught, and the date the fish will be removed from Brooks Camp. Fish cannot be cleaned within a 1.5 mile radius of the Brooks Falls unless authorized by the Superintendent. This includes all of Brooks Camp, Brooks Lodge, and the campground.
Fishing Closure at Brooks Falls
Last updated: September 30, 2016