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From an ADFG News Release dated 10 May 2007:

Beginning May 17, Thursday will be an additional day anglers may keep a naturally-produced king salmon, which is a fish that still has its adipose fin. Hatchery king salmon, which are fish that are missing their adipose fin, can be kept seven days per week.

This news release informs Kasilof River anglers that they may keep either a naturally-produced king salmon OR a hatchery king salmon on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays, beginning May 17.

All other king salmon regulations remain the same, including the daily limits of 1 per day/1 in possession. Kasilof River king salmon that are 20 inches or longer count toward the annual limit of five, and must be recorded immediately.

According to ADF&G weir count data, escapement of naturally-produced king salmon met the goal of 650-1,700 fish in 2006 while allowing anglers to harvest a naturally produced king salmon three days per week. In 2006, 1,516 naturally-produced king salmon were counted past the weir on Crooked Creek, a tributary of the Kasilof River. Escapement counts since 2003 indicate that by increasing by one the number of days per week that anglers may keep naturally-produced kings will not threaten the sustainability of early-run Kasilof River king salmon.

For more information, contact the ADF&G Division of Sport Fish Soldotna Area Office at (907) 262-9368.

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