Judging from the numbers sofar on this poll many think as i do, which is we have already gone beyond the point of almost no return for the King salmon on the kenai.
It will take many years of no fishing or massive hatchery fish to bring back the Kings of yester year. I really don't understand the desire for Kings anyhow, in my opinion Reds are supreme as Kings turn to mush when frozen and thawed later, something that Reds don't do.
Thats my personal opinion and it will be interesting to see what others have to say on this important issue, if anything.
I do truly believe that the catch & release fishing drains the Kings of strength & they die without spawning, i could be wrong but it surely can't be a good thing for them i would think.
The Kings are in trouble and so are we and the Kenai streams that have Kings in them.
Much commerce is dependant on the Kings and thats why they have been fished out, so what now for commerce??
Conservation measures that WOULD work would be to make the river a row only fishery. Only let the guides fish 2 days a week,non-guided 2 days a week and let the river rest 3days a week.Don't let the commercial guys fish within a mile from the beach and make the dippers release the kings.
The problem is that the the fish don't really matter, the money does, so they will fish till they are gone and then cry about it being the other guy's fault
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