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ADF&G Announces Kenai King Salmon Restrictions

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King salmon that run through the Kenai and Kasilof rivers continue their trend of expected low returns, so the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced restrictions to try and meet escapement goals for spawning.

Thursday the Department said on the Kenai River, king fishing will be restricted during the early run, from May 1st through June 30th

On the late run in the month of July, king fishing will be closed from Skilak Lake downstream to Fish and Game’s regulatory marker downstream from the mouth of Skilok Creek. Fishing will still be allowed in the lower river.

On the Kasilof River, king fishing will be banned during the early run as well, however Anglers can continue to naturally fish for kings on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The bag and possession limit is two fish, only one King is allowed.

If the run returns improve, fishing restrictions can be liberalized.