ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says the use of bait and treble hooks is prohibited in the Anchor River, in addition to the closure of fishing areas near the river.
According to a press release, starting July 1, anglers are only allowed to use one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure in the flowing waters of the Anchor River drainage.
Areas adjacent to the river’s mouth for one mile upstream and one mile downstream, up to one mile offshore, are closed to fishing. The department says the northern and southern boundaries are indicated by markers on shore.
The department says the king salmon escapement count is lagging behind that of 2010 by 825 fish. The goal for kings in the Anchor River is 3,800-10,000. As of June 26, just 2,520 fish had made it through.