Anchor River open for fishing

Fishing starts 12:01 a.m. Saturday

  • An Alaska Department of Fish and Game sonar weir is just downstream of the Anchor River bridge. The weir, in the bridge hole, is within an area previously closed to fishing, but fishing is open downstream of the closed area.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

A photo caption in the May 23 Homer News incorrectly stated the fishing status of the Anchor River. The river is open to fishing downstream of an Alaska Department of Fish and Game weir below the Anchor River-Old Sterling Highway bridge.

Last week, Fish and Game relocated its sonar counting weir downstream from its former site above the bridge. By an emergency order issued April 18 and effective May 1 to June 30, Fish and Game closed fishing 1,000 feet downstream of the junction of the north and south forks of the river. Under regulation, fishing is prohibited within 300 feet of a weir. Because the closure already affected the bridge hole area near the weir, moving the weir did not affect fishing opportunities in that immediate area.

Downstream of the weir and the closure area, fishing remains open from 12:01 a.m. Saturdays through midnight Mondays on the Anchor River. Anglers can use only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure and may retain either a hatchery king salmon of wild king salmon more than 20 inches in length and must quit fishing for the day after taking a legal king. The annual limit is two king salmon greater than 20 inches.

Sonar counts can be seen at the department’s website at www/adfg.alaska.gov/sf/FishCount.

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