I have read the recent articles on the perch netting on Phillips Lake
and cannot believe the wasted time and tax money. I read Ed Shorts’
letter and agree with him on just about everything.
I have only been in Baker for about 15 years but before I moved here I
heard about the trout fishery in Phillips. Even Alaskan fishermen had
heard of Phillips trout. When I first fished Phillips about 15 years
ago my neighbor, Sandy Sanders, took me out in his boat. We hooked one
nice trout which I played to the boat and saw it was a nice 2- to
3-pound trout. When it got away Sandy exclaimed that the fish was just
like they used to catch before the perch were there. I soon learned
about perch and what had happened to the trout in Phillips and why this
lake was no longer a popular destination sport fishery.