ANCHORAGE - The state Department of Fish and Game is closing the Kenai River to early run king salmon fishing.
An estimated 739 king salmon passed through the Kenai River sonar station by June 2, the lowest early run on record.
The river from its mouth to the Soldotna Bridge will be closed to sport fishing from Saturday until the end of June. From the Soldotna Bridge upstream to the outlet of Skilak Lake, the river is closed from Saturday through July 14.
In other action, the agency says fishermen on the Kasilof River can only keep hatchery-reared king salmon.