ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers handed out citations to seven fishermen for illegally going after salmon in the Ship Creek area of Anchorage.
Beginning Monday, the Department of Fish and Game put in place an emergency order closing the popular fishing spot until Sept. 30. The problem is that fewer king salmon than expected are returning to the drainage.
In the past five years, about 40 percent of the total king salmon escapement has reached the safety of closed waters by June 23. Fish and Game says by June 26 only about 32 percent of the number of fish expected to be in the creek were estimated to be there.
Only the section of Ship Creek below the Chugach Electric power plant dam will reopen to coho salmon fishing July 14.