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Kenai River closed for early-run king salmon

By KTVA CBS 11 News 5:33 PM February 27, 2014

Restrictions are due to anticipated low returns

ANCHORAGE – It’s bad news for king salmon fishermen.

The state Department of Fish and Game is closing the Kenai River for early-run king salmon fishing in May and June because of anticipated low returns, according to a Thursday release.

It’s the second year in a row the department has barred king salmon fishing on the river.

The difference this year is that Fish and Game is giving more notice to people thinking about heading down to the Kenai Peninsula to do some fishing.

The preseason forecast this year for early-run Kenai River king salmon is a run of about 2,230, which would rank as the lowest run measured in 29 years, the release said.

King salmon fishing in the Kasilof River has also been restricted for May and June.

Although it’s bad news for sportfishermen and Alaskans who make their living helping tourists catch kings, Fish and Game says a closure this year will lead to more kings next year.

Click here for more information: Kenai River Restrictions

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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