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Poor Run Stops Chena River King Salmon Fishing
Good news and bad news for sport fishermen.
FAIRBANKS- Good news and bad news for sport fishermen.
Starting next week, they will no longer be allowed to fish for king salmon in the Chena River. Fishermen, however, will be able to keep kings they catch in the Salcha River.
Both rivers had been restricted to catch-and-release fishing since July 12 to ensure enough spawners return.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said it looks like catch-and-release restrictions will be lifted on the Salcha River because the number of returning salmon is sufficient.
It's a different story on the Chena, with a weak run bringing a halt to king salmon fishing.