The Board of Fish met this week to set management strategies for the Lower Cook Inlet, restricting bag limits for kings while increasing opportunities with pinks.
A move to establishing an archery fishery in the Inlet failed on a 3-4 vote, after a lengthy debate about safety.
King salmon fishermen in the Ninilchik River will be limited to a bag limit of one king, 20 inches or greater from July through October. For the Memorial Day weekend and the two following weekends, the king bag limit for Anchor River, Ninilchik River and Deep Creek was also restricted to one king of that same size (20″ or greater).
The fishing area around Anchor Point was extended with a close 4-3 vote.
The Board also decided to allow using pink salmon as bait in Cook Inlet marine waters, though they decided not to allow chum salmon and spiny dogfish shark.