KRSA Board wishes Executive Director well in his new endeavors, search underway for new director

October 22, 2021 Soldotna, AK Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) Executive Director Ben Mohr has informed the KRSA Board of Directors of his intent to resign effective January 1, 2022 to pursue other professional opportunities in Alaska. “During his tenure, Ben oversaw KRSA’s efforts to establish historic protection measures for Kenai River king salmon, and […]

King Salmon Fishing Closed on the Kenai River, Kasilof River, and Upper Cook Inlet Saltwater

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced emergency closures to King salmon fishing in the Kenai River, Kasilof River, and Upper Cook Inlet effective 12:01am on July 21, 2021. These fisheries have experienced long-term struggles in meeting the optimal escapement goals (OEG); the Kenai River’s OEG is 15,000 to 30,000 large king salmon, and […]

KRSA Urges Anglers to Release Big Kings

Soldotna— Kenai River Sportfishing Association is encouraging all anglers on the Kenai River to limit their harvest of king salmon during July to fish under 34 inches and allow larger fish to reach the spawning grounds. Fishing is governed by the Late Run Kenai River King Salmon Management Plan, which requires a minimum spawning escapement […]

Background on Board of Fisheries Chair Marit Carlson-van Dort

Recently, special interest groups in Juneau have been taking aim on one specific nominee to the to the Board of Fisheries, while KRSA has been supporting her. Here’s why: Marit Carlson-van Dort is currently the Chair of the Board of Fisheries. Growing up between Chignik and Juneau, Marit holds a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation Science […]

KRSA Announces New Membership Structure

SOLDTONA, AK (April 15, 2021) – The Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) has updated their membership policy. Memberships in KRSA, Alaska’s leading sportfishing organization, will now be offered at no cost and will automatically renew every year. “What really matters to us is protecting Alaska’s fisheries. Uniting sport anglers and personal-use dip netters together into […]

Alaska’s Salmon Should be Managed by Alaska

In the coming days, members of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council (Council) will make important decisions about management of salmon fisheries in federal waters in Cook Inlet. Among the more contentious issues they will deal with is who can best manage Alaska’s fisheries – the federal government or the State of Alaska. For decades, […]

State brings new gear restrictions, lifts annual limit on hatchery Kings, on the Ninilchik

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) today announced that it is restricting legal sportfishing gear to a single hook with no bait on the Ninilchik River king salmon fishery. At the same time, any hatchery king salmon harvested in the Ninilchik River will not count against the Kenai Peninsula/Cook Inlet annual king salmon […]


April 20, 2020 –   The Alaska Sport and Personal Use Fishing COVID-19 Response Group today released guidance to promote responsible fishery access for individual anglers and Alaska fishing businesses. The guidance is available at As Alaska moves towards safely re-opening, the sportfishing community is committed to doing so in a responsible manner. The website offers resources […]


April 13, 2020 – The Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) applauds the efforts of the State of Alaska to maintain access to sport, guided sport, and personal use fisheries during the COVID-19 crisis. While travel between communities is prohibited under the health mandate, the public may still travel to fishing locations. Sport and Personal Use […]

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 […]