ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Despite restrictions on multiple popular rivers in Southcentral Alaska, there is some good news for anglers.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says the king salmon counts in the Mat-Su Valley and on the Kenai Peninsula are improving.
The Kenai River early-run king salmon sport fishery will reopen to harvest of more king salmon.
Starting at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, the fishery will be open to harvest of king salmon less than 46 inches in length or 55 inches in length or greater.
The Kenai River was closed June 4, after officials counted alarmingly low numbers of king salmon in the river. It re-opened this past Saturday to largely catch-and-release only fishing, but the agency says the run is looking better every day.
At other popular fishing spots throughout Southcentral Alaska, Fish and Game is closely monitoring the kings. Most fish runs have been slow so far this year, but there are signs that the numbers are on the upswing.