The Alaska Board of Fisheries approved several changes to sport fishing regulations to take effect in the Lower Cook Inlet freshwater and marine fisheries.
Following are summarized changes affecting various fisheries, and not a complete digest of all fishing regulations. All 2014 changes and emergency orders are available at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website under sport fishing regulations.
• The king salmon bag and possession limit on the Ninilchik River was reduced to one king salmon 20 inches or greater in length during the three-weekend openings beginning Memorial Day weekend and the hatchery-only king salmon fishery that begins July 1.
• During the May and June openings, after harvesting a king salmon 20 inches or greater in length in the Ninilchik River, Deep Creek or Anchor River, a person may not fish for any species of fish in any of these drainages on that same day.
• During the July Ninilchik king salmon fishery, after harvesting a king salmon 20 inches or greater in length, a person may not fish for any species of fish in the Ninilchik River on that same day.
• An emergency order effective 12:01 a.m., May 1 until 11:59 p.m., June 30, prohibits retention of naturally produced king salmon and reduces bag and possession limits of hatchery-produced king salmon 20 inches or greater in length to one fish. Naturally produced king salmon may not be possessed, retained, or removed from the water. They must be released immediately. A naturally produced king salmon has an intact adipose fin.
• An emergency order effective 12:01 a.m., May 1, until 11:59 p.m., July 31 closes the Kenai River to sport fishing for early run king salmon. This closure prohibits all sport fishing for king salmon, including catch-and-release. King salmon may not be retained or possessed; king salmon accidentally caught while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
• An emergency order effective 12:01 a.m., May 1, until 11:59 p.m., June 30, closes the Anchor River drainage to sport fishing each Wednesday during the king salmon season, and reduces the waters of the Anchor River drainage open to sport fishing.
• An emergency order effective 12:01 a.m., May 1, until 11:59 p.m., June 30, establishes a combined annual limit of two king salmon 20 inches or greater in length 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.
• King salmon harvested in these waters and recorded before Thursday, May 1, and after Monday, June 30, 2014 do not count against the two king salmon annual limit after 12:01 a.m., Thursday, May 1, 2014, but do count against the Cook Inlet annual limit of five king salmon.
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