Anglers listen up -- if you're wanting to hit up the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers in the near future, you may need to rethink your plans. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) says they're issuing a couple of restrictions and regulations around the rivers to protect returning king salmon starting Wednesday. 

In a Facebook post, the Fish and Game wrote out the regulations for the months of June and July:

From June 13-June 30, 2018, anglers may not harvest a king salmon of any size in the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G regulatory marker at the outlet of Skilak Lake. Anglers may fish for king salmon with one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure but may not remove a king salmon from the water before releasing it.

From July1-July 15, 2018, anglers may not harvest a king salmon of any size in the Kenai River from 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 Anglers may fish for king salmon with one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure but may not remove a king salmon from the water before releasing it.

Fish and Game prohibits "the retention of naturally-produced king salmon, reducing the bag and possession limit of hatchery-produced king salmon 20 inches or greater in length to one fish, and limiting sport fishing gear to one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure on the Kasilof River."

Anyone who catches a "naturally produced" salmon, must release it back into the water immediately. This type of king salmon will have an intact adipose fin -- the small fleshy fin behind the dorsal fin.

For more information on fishing news and regulations, visit the Fish and Game website

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