Sport fishing guides forced to roll with new king restrictions on Kenai Riv

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Ben Collier grew up in Seward and has been fishing commercially and working as a sport guide for almost 40 years. With the latest restrictions on king salmon sportfishing on the Kenai River, Collier says he's been doing some "damage control" with some of his clients who booked tours with him in February, expecting to be fishing for king salmon.

"I liken king salmon fishing to elk hunting," Collier said. "It's like, sometimes you go elk hunting and don't pull the trigger. Sometimes you don't even see an animal. With king fishing, people are not paying to catch a king. They are paying for the opportunity to get a chance at one of these fish someday." 

The regulations on king salmon on the Kenai River have grown as the season moves along.

Sport fishing guides forced to roll with new king restrictions on Kenai River

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