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Lower Peninsula streams, inlet king fishery closed

Posted: June 12, 2013 - 9:32pm  |  Updated: June 13, 2013 - 8:49am

Because of low king salmon runs, an emergency order issued Wednesday by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game closes all sport fishing for any species of fish in the lower portions of the Anchor River, Deep Creek, Ninilchik River and Stariski Creek beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. The closure is in effect until 11:59 p.m. July 15 or until another emergency order is issued.

King salmon fishing opportunities had already ended in June on Deep Creek and the Ninilchik River. In effect, the order closes fishing on the Anchor River one weekend earlier in June.

King salmon fishing, including catch-and-release fishing, also is closed in Cook Inlet within one mile offshore south of the Ninilchik River to Bluff Point. Any king salmon caught may not be removed from the ocean and must be released immediately.

“That hurts everybody here, of course,” said Bill Scott, treasury director of the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce. “We feel they’re doing what they need to do to preserve our fishery for the future.”

The escapement goal for kings on the Anchor River is 3,800-10,000 fish. As of Monday, the escapement on the Anchor River was 657 fish. The justification for the emergency order was to prevent hooking-related mortality on migrating kings. Restricting fishing on Deep Creek and Stariski Creek was done to minimize a shifting of effort from the Anchor River and Ninilchik River, according to Fish and Game officials.


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wilsonro 06/14/13 - 06:22 am
Looks Like 2012

Fellow setnetters looks like last year. The regulation’s are the same except for the escarpment goals for late run kings. We better start preparing ourselves for a total closure. All that picoting, people writing our legislator’s, and the Governor did nothing for our season. I was told we need let our local government here us and see where it takes us, “what a joke”. If the same thing happens this year I say all 400+ of us set our gear, but that would take all of us not just a hand full! It’s time to take our fishery back, if we don’t make a statement we will be replaced by the dipnetters and drifters!!!!!!!

pengy 06/14/13 - 10:09 am
What a joke? Maybe local

What a joke? Maybe local officials sided with the fish and not your pocketbook. I hope escapements are met and all user groups can participate. But if not, the fish should come first.

AKtoAZ 06/17/13 - 10:51 am

Maybe we should ask the fish what they think??? It shouldn't be hard to count the votes. Afterall, there aren't many left!

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