New King Salmon Restrictions Announced for Peninsula Rivers

     State fisheries managers say Cook Inlet salmon sport fishing will be managed conservatively for the 2013 season, a response to low king salmon abundance over recent years, a below-average outlook for the upcoming season and uncertainty over how quickly abundance may rebound. 

     In a news release Thursday, Fish and Game officials announced new restrictions for rivers on the Kenai Peninsula.

     The Anchor River will be closed to sport fishing on Wednesdays and Fish and Game’s regulatory marker will be relocated about 1,000 feet downstream of the North and South fork junction.

     A limit of two king salmon, 20 inches or greater in length, will be instituted for the Anchor River, Deep Creek, and Ninilchik River. Anglers will also be required to use one, un-baited hook with an artificial lure on the Anchor River, Deep Creek or the Ninilchik River and will have to stop fishing for the rest of the day after harvesting a king salmon.

     Most of the restrictions will be in effect from May 1st through June 30th.