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    ADF&G Emergency Order just announced. Anchor River is closed for Kings....

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    June 06, 2012
    ANCHOR RIVER CLOSED TO SPORT FISHING BEGINNING JUNE 9
    The Anchor River will close to sport fishing beginning on Saturday, June 9, at 12:01 a.m., through Saturday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. to protect returning king salmon.
    The king salmon escapement in the Anchor River through June 5, 2012, was 1,107 fish, slightly higher than last year’s escapement of 901 king salmon and well below the 2004-2011 escapement average of 2,799 king salmon for this date. At this time the department is unable to predict with certainty that the Anchor River escapement will attain the sustainable escapement goal of 3,800–10,000 king salmon. From 2004-2008, 29 percent to 48 percent of the Anchor River king salmon escapement was upstream of the salmon weir by June 5. The projected escapement for 2012, based on average run timing to run timing that is six days late, is between 3,314 and 6,319 fish.
    The department will continue to monitor king salmon escapement in the Anchor River and determine whether additional management actions will be necessary to achieve the escapement goal.
    The emergency order that closed the Anchor River each Wednesday during the king salmon season, and also relocated the Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulatory marker approximately 1,000 feet downstream of the junction of the North and South forks, will remain in effect when the Anchor River drainage re-opens to sport fishing July 1, through July 31. The emergency order issued May 30 that allows only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure during the June 9–11 Deep Creek and Ninilchik River king salmon opening remains in effect for those streams.
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    Surprised they didn't include Deep Cr and Ninilchik in the EO. Those two little creeks can't really stand the additional pressure that displaced Anchor anglers will bring on the few remaining kings.
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    "The department will continue to monitor king salmon escapement in the Anchor River and determine whether additional management actions will be necessary to achieve the escapement goal."

    What are they going to do? Catch some Kenai kings and let them go in Anchor River? O - WAIT - Stop the Bus - their aren't many kenai kings left either.........


    I agree - they should shut down Nini and Deep too.


    Some electronic tagging and tracking might just be a good idea.........

    I know that sporties are always complaining about bycatch and commercial this commercial that - but what if there is someone out there illegally fishing - stealing the cream of the crop.....some where out there ---------

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    "The department will continue to monitor king salmon escapement in the Anchor River and determine whether additional management actions will be necessary to achieve the escapement goal."

    What are they going to do? Catch some Kenai kings and let them go in Anchor River? O - WAIT - Stop the Bus - their aren't many kenai kings left either.........
    The unbaited, single-hook restriction could be extended when the river opens back up to fishing for other species on July 1 and the 4 mile marine closure, which goes away beginning July 1, could also be extended through July. These actions were taken last year. So there is still more that can be done but that doesn't have to be decided yet for another several weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    "The department will continue to monitor king salmon escapement in the Anchor River and determine whether additional management actions will be necessary to achieve the escapement goal."

    What are they going to do? Catch some Kenai kings and let them go in Anchor River? O - WAIT - Stop the Bus - their aren't many kenai kings left either.........

    I agree - they should shut down Nini and Deep too.
    The only other action available to ADFG is to shut down the marine area to allow whatever kings may yet enter the river mouths to have free passage




    I know that sporties are always complaining about bycatch and commercial this commercial that - but what if there is someone out there illegally fishing - stealing the cream of the crop.....some where out there ---------
    There is no doubt in my mind that devastating human activity is a HUGE part of so-called "poor ocean conditions". Outlaw reckless and indiscriminate trawling and watch the fish rebound!

    Sad to think we wreak havoc on the ecosystem and high-grade fish stocks like chinook and halibut to target low-grade pollock and turbot. That's the real price of that "cheap" frozen fish sticks, artificial crab meat, and Fillet-o-Fish at McD's.

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    Anyone been keeping an eye on Kodiak kings over the past few years? Extremely remote runs with very limited pressure that have been COMPLETELY obliterated, no one knows why.

    Stopping sport fisherman from spending their hard earned money to travel to these peninsula communities and stimulate the economy for a small chance at hooking a king is not the solution IMO, all ADFG is doing is trying to make the community feel better by trying to convince them they are actually doing something positive, probably wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in the meantime if they are anything like the other State of Alaska departments I have worked for personally. There is something MUCH bigger going on out there and it's not just the KP fish, you would think ADFG would take a hint after doing the same practices over the past four years that have still resulted with no significant impacts on fish returns.

    Either do something significant and close ALL king fishing, both commercial and sport for a few years, or continue on this path of putting band aids on the Titanic and praying to the fish gods that the runs rebound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishwhacker View Post
    Anyone been keeping an eye on Kodiak kings over the past few years? Extremely remote runs with very limited pressure that have been COMPLETELY obliterated, no one knows why.

    Stopping sport fisherman from spending their hard earned money to travel to these peninsula communities and stimulate the economy for a small chance at hooking a king is not the solution IMO, all ADFG is doing is trying to make the community feel better by trying to convince them they are actually doing something positive, probably wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in the meantime if they are anything like the other State of Alaska departments I have worked for personally. There is something MUCH bigger going on out there and it's not just the KP fish, you would think ADFG would take a hint after doing the same practices over the past four years that have still resulted with no significant impacts on fish returns.

    Either do something significant and close ALL king fishing, both commercial and sport for a few years, or continue on this path of putting band aids on the Titanic and praying to the fish gods that the runs rebound.
    I wish there would be a complete commercial closure for at least one year. But, the politicians will never allow it to happen. Instead they will let the fishery become decimated.

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    What I would like to do is take out major ads in the lower 48 telling people not to waste their money coming up here to fish. It's not as great as all of the guides make it sound. I feel like it's dishonest showing all of these photos and telling all of these stories to people to get them to come up here. Not that the pictures and the stories aren't true, it's just that that kind of fishing doesn't exist anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post

    I know that sporties are always complaining about bycatch and commercial this commercial that - but what if there is someone out there illegally fishing - stealing the cream of the crop.....some where out there ---------
    Poaching is a problem too. Ive been trout fishing in areas that are closed to king salmon fishing (upstream of the parks highway) and snagged tons of king gear (spin n glo and 5/0 hooks) that was stuck to the bottom. Trawlers and by catch arent the only problem scum bag anglers are doing their part too.
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    Its time to reform the trawler fishery. Using methods that will catch less bycatch might make it tougher to catch Pollock, but that's something they can figure out. We can keep shutting down river fisheries and limiting gillmet fishing time but those are easy things to do but don't solve the bigger problem.I'm watching our US representatives very carefully when it comes to fisheries and ill gladly vote for someone else until they start fighting more to reform the trawl fishery.

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