Emergency orders in place on Kenai Peninsula

A number of emergency orders are in place on Kenai Peninsula waters and beaches.

 

Anglers should note the following emergency orders, which restrict king salmon fisheries on the Anchor River, Deep Creek, and Ninilchik River and the marine fishery south of the Ninilchik River mouth to Bluff Point. These restrictions are in effect through June 30 except where otherwise noted.

■ The Anchor River is closed to sport fishing on Wednesdays and the Fish and Game regulatory marker is relocated approximately 1,000 feet downstream of the North and South fork junction.

■ The combined annual limit is two king salmon 20 inches or greater in length for fish harvested from May 1 to June 30 in the Anchor River, Deep Creek, Ninilchik River and all marine waters south of the latitude of the mouth of the Ninilchik River to the latitude of Bluff Point.

■ After harvesting a king salmon 20 inches or greater from either the Anchor River, Deep Creek, or the Ninilchik River, anglers are required to stop fishing for any species in these streams for the rest of the day.

■ Anglers may only use one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure on the Anchor River, Deep Creek, and Ninilchik River.

■ Ninilchik River king salmon bag and possession is one naturally produced or hatchery-produced fish during regulatory weekend openings in May and June.

■ The razor clam bag and possession limit has been decreased to the first 25 clams dug through Dec. 31. Diggers are reminded that possession limit refers to the number of unpreserved clams a person may have in their possession. Preserved is defined on page 5 of your regulation summary booklet.

■ An emergency order regarding the retention of king salmon from the waters of the Kenai River will remain in effect until. The emergency order prohibits sport fishermen from retaining king salmon measuring 20 inches in length or greater but less than 55 inches in length. The order pertains to waters of the Kenai River downstream from Skilak Lake and at the confluence of the Moose River and Kenai River, upstream to the northern most edge of the Sterling Highway bridge. Within the specified boundaries, harvest is allowed for king salmon measuring less than 20 inches in length or 55 inches in length or greater. Fish not meeting the specified measurements must not be taken from the water and must be released immediately.

■ The early run of king salmon to the Kasilof River run includes both naturally-produced and hatchery produced king salmon. Naturally-produced king salmon can be identified by an intact adipose fin. An emergency order prohibiting the retention of naturally-produced king salmon and reducing the bag and possession limits for hatchery-produced king salmon remains in effect until June 30. This order stipulates that all naturally-produced king salmon must not be taken from the water and must be released immediately. The order further reduces the bag and possession limit to one hatchery-produced king salmon measuring 20 inches or greater.

— Staff report

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