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Lower Kenai Opens to King Salmon Harvest

June 16th, 2016

This emergency order supersedes Emergency Order 2-KS-1-15-16, issued Friday, June 3, 2016. This emergency order allows the harvest of king salmon while sport fishing in the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek. In addition, retention of king salmon is prohibited from an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek, upstream to the outlet of Skilak Lake. In addition, when fishing for king salmon in waters where retention is prohibited only one unbaited, barbless, single-hook, artificial lure may be used. King salmon may not be retained or possessed, may not be removed from the water, and must be released immediately. REGULATION: The provisions of 5 AAC 57.121. Special provisions for the seasons, bag, possession, and size limits, and methods and means for the Lower Section of the Kenai River Drainage Area. (1)(A) and (B) are superseded by this emergency order. The following provisions effective beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 18 through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016. 5 AAC 57.121. Special provisions for the seasons, bag, possession, and size limits, and methods and means for the Lower Section of the Kenai River Drainage Area. (1) sport fishing gear restrictions: (A) from June 18 – June 30, in the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek, only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure may be used; (B) from June 18 – June 30, that portion of the Kenai River from an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek, upstream to an ADF&G regulatory marker at the outlet of Skilak Lake; only one unbaited, barbless, single-hook, artificial lure may be used when fishing for king salmon; retention of king salmon is prohibited, king salmon may not be retained or possessed, may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately;

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