We called the office which handles such things and they said the troopers would need to adjudicate Michael's application. They said it sounded like he had a good case for residency, but this is their busy time of year and it could take months to have an answer and be issued a license.
Meanwhile THIS is prime fishing season. We told them to withdraw his application for a free residential application, our integrity is worth more than the cost of a non-resident license and we want to fish NOW - not wait for months to hear.
Armed with the knowledge we've spent $290 for fishing licenses, we're motivated to CATCH FISH.
Being a bit nervous about both bears and combat fishing I opted to stay home. I didn't feel 100% anyway. I also am NOT going to pay for a non-resident license and so will wait until next year to fish. The younger two can fish free with Michael and/or Nolan. We bought Nolan a non-resident license. We were READY. They started at Anderson Lake, moved to the Nancy Lake area, went to Bald Lake, and finally settled on renting a canoe at Tanaina Lake. They rented a canoe and rowed around, while fishing.
They were skunked.
Not one Pike in the frying pan.
Ah well, we don't have a freezer to store fish yet.
The season continues.
They had great fun. First Alaskan fishing trip.