Fading kings

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The Alaska fishing season has only just begun, but early indications are the Cook Inlet king salmon collapse is developing just about as forecast by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

With the exception of the Anchor River near the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula and hatchery-boosted Ship Creek in the heart of the state’s largest city, returns generally look grim.

The early-run of the big fish to the fabled Kenai River – the state’s most popular salmon stream – is so far lagging behind last year when the river failed to meet the spawning goal of 3,900 fish larger than 34 inches. 

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