Susitna Drainage King Fishing Closing Next Week

Alaska officials say fishing for king salmon will be banned on the Susitna River drainage beginning next week because of poor runs.

Ken Marsh with the state Department of Fish and Game says the ban will take effect at 6 a.m. Monday in an effort to meet minimum spawning goals.

The state has posted king salmon restrictions from the Yukon River to southeast Alaska to allow enough fish to make it to their spawning areas.

Marsh says the new king restrictions in the Susitna River and its tributaries will also bar fishermen from catch-and-release fishing.

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