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Cook Inlet Area
Overview

Cook Inlet is the home to a majority of the population of the State of Alaska. Much of Cook Inlet lies within the Anchorage-Mat-Su-Kenai Peninsula nonsubsistence use area where subsistence fisheries are not authorized. There are many fishing opportunities besides subsistence available for residents of this populous urban area. There are personal use fisheries for Alaska residents on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers, sport fishing for both residents and visitors to Alaska for salmon on streams from Montana Creek to the Kenai River, as well as the Cook Inlet commercial fisheries that provide fresh salmon the restaurants of Anchorage. Although Cook Inlet has a mostly urban population, there are several rural communities and subsistence fishing opportunities do exist for Alaska residents. For more information on subsistence fishing opportunities see Fishing Information.