Anchor River Kings
This may be too late in the game, but how do I put in a request or suggestion to the BOF. For the last couple years the Anchor River hasn't been getting its King Salmon escapement. Last year it didn't even reach its minimum biological escapement, but they had several weekends of fish openings. I'd like to see them keep the river closed until a set number of fish make it upriver. Don't they keep the Copper River closed until enough Reds/Kings cross the weir? I don't know what that number should be, but it appears we're slowy killing the run of Kings on this river.
Here are the numbers for the Kings last year:
If I don't have your attention yet, look at these dismal numbers for the Silvers and nothing was ever done to close the river:
From what I understand the knucklehead in charge of the fisheries in Homer has since retired, but we need to stop this bleeding.
My guess is ADFG would like to keep the fishery open at all cost. These small escapements are likely independant of the sport fishery.
Originally Posted by HomerAdam
King and silver runs were down in many areas of the state this year. The anchor river seems to be mirroring those trends. They have expanded corridor areas in the salt water and other restrictive measures. Opening the anchor river for a couple of weekends will not have that much of an impact on overall king run numbers anyway, as long as they continue to close it if they don't see the numbers by certain dates. Might actually find reducing brown bear numbers would have more of an impact than closing sportfishing for the couple of weekends that it occurs. BOF for cook inlet wont happen again until 2014 I believe, might want to talk to the biologist yourself and see what can be done.