2020 Kenai River Early-Run King Salmon Projection Released

Season to Start Under General Regulation

March 19, 2020

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released the 2020 Kenai River early-run king salmon preseason projection, estimating a return of approximately 4,800 large king salmon. This projection falls within the optimal escapement goal of 3,900-6,600 large king salmon. The early-run king salmon sport fishery will open under General Regulations until an inseason projection is available.

Kenai River king salmon sport fishing general regulations for January 1 through June 30, 2020, in Kenai River waters downstream of Skilak Lake are as follows:

  • Bait is prohibited, and only one single-hook, artificial lure may be used.
  • The bag and possession limit for king salmon 20 inches or greater in length is one king salmon. Only king salmon 34 inches or less in length may be retained. King salmon greater than 34 inches in length may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
  • There is a five fish annual limit for king salmon over 20 inches from all Cook Inlet Drainage waters in combination, which includes only two fish per year over 20 inches from the Kenai River, except fish under 28 inches in length caught in the Kenai River prior to July 1 do not count towards the annual limit. All harvested fish that count towards an annual limit must be recorded on a harvest record card or your license.
  • The bag and possession limit for king salmon less than 20 inches (jacks) is 10 fish.

For more information, please see the Dept. of Fish and Game press release, here.