The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued two emergency orders dealing with king salmon Wednesday.
The first emergency order opens the Lewis and Theodore river drainages to catch-and-release fishing for king salmon 20 inches or more in length through June 30. Only unbaited, single-hook artificial lures may be used and fishing is allowed between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.
All king salmon 20 inches or more in length that are caught must be released immediately and cannot be removed from the water.
Both rivers drain into the Susitna Flats State Game Refuge on the west side of Cook Inlet.
Also Wednesday, Fish and Game issued an emergency order increasing the possession limit from one king salmon 20 inches or more in length to two in west side Susitna River streams open to king salmon fishing from the mouth of the Susitna River upstream to its confluence with the Deshka River, including the Deshka River but excluding Alexander Creek.
The bag limit remains one king salmon per day.
The Board of Fisheries passed both regulations during its February meetings, and the emergency orders were enacted because the new regulations have yet to be signed into law.
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