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26th annual Kenai River Classic features national keynote speaker, water safety

(Soldotna) – The 26th annual Kenai River Classic, August 22 – 24, 2018, hosted by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA), featured the nation’s top fisheries administrator and an emphasis on water safety. The Classic is one of Alaska’s premier fishing events held in August on the Kenai River to raise funds and educate high-level […]

KRSA Holding Public Forum On ‘Critical Fisheries Issues In Alaska’

The Kenai River Sportfishing Association will be hosting the ‘Classic Roundtable on Fisheries’ on Wednesday, August 22. There will be keynote speaker and panelists to address how fiscal, social, and ecological changes are impacting the ability to research, conserve and allocate fishery resources. Ricky Gease, Executive Director, Kenai River Sportfishing Association: “It will feature the […]

What happened to Kenai salmon?

As the summer winds down, Outdoor Explorer looks at one of the worst years of salmon fishing in memory in southcentral Alaska. The Susitna drainage was expected to be bad and was worse. Kenai king fishing continued a bad trend of 10 years. And Cook Inlet sockeye numbers were the worst in many decades. We’ll […]

Early-run Kenai River king salmon counts are lagging below minimum requirements, expect closure decision soon

The Early-run Kenai River king salmon count for fish larger than 34 inches (big fish) through Friday, June 15 was 2,098. In normal run timing, June 15 marks the two-third date for big fish passage. The minimum escapement goal for KR early-run kings is 3,900 to 6,600 big fish (larger than 34 inches). In normal […]

KRSA objects to NPFMC decision to exclude sport anglers

Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) objects to the exclusion of sport anglers from appointment to a North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) committee for Cook Inlet salmon management. On Monday, June 11, NPFMC Chair Dan Hull announced appointments to the Council’s new Cook Inlet Salmon Committee, formed to assist in the development of measures necessary […]

Kenai River early-run king salmon projections

The count thru Saturday, June 9 for Kenai River early-run king salmon totaled 1,488 large fish (greater than 34 inches). The number is substantially less than would be expected for the preseason forecast run of 5,499. For 2013 – 2017, sonar counts as of June 9 averaged about 45 percent of the total return. At […]

Kenai River Sportfishing Association withdraws from Cook Inlet Salmon Advisory Task Force

For Immediate Release: SOLDOTNA, June 6, 2018- Today, Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) decided to withdraw from the Cook Inlet Salmon Advisory Task Force (CISA). The task force was created by Governor Walker, and members of the task force are chosen by him to identify and address fishery issues in Cook Inlet. KRSA has participated […]

Alaska fishing groups and concerned citizens refile emergency petition to the Alaska Board of Fisheries

For Immediate Release: May 16, 2018 Contact Ricky Gease, (907) 262-8588, Ricky@krsa.com Alaska fishing groups and concerned citizens refile emergency petition to the Alaska Board of Fisheries to halt hatchery increase of 20 million pink salmon egg take to existing Prince William Sound management plans May 16, 2018 – Two days after the Alaska Board […]

Alaska-outdoor-sporting groups file emergency petition with Alaska Board of Fisheries to halt hatchery increase of 20 million pink salmon egg take to existing Prince William Sound management plans.

For Immediate Release: May 3, 2018 Contact Ricky Gease, (907) 262-8588, Ricky@krsa.com May 3, 2018 –  Nine Alaska-outdoor-sporting organizations have signed an emergency petition to the Alaska Board of Fisheries seeking a delay in implementation of the recent actions (April 19, 2018) taken by the Prince William Sound (PWS) Regional Planning Team to amend hatchery-management […]

KRSA supports the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act

The Kenai River Sportfishing Association supports the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act (S. 1520) and encourages Senator Lisa Murkowski and  Senator Dan Sullivan to sign on as co-sponsors. The bill fixes major problems in how the federal government approaches recreational marine fisheries management. Unfortunately, the existing legislation in the Magnuson-Stevens Act does not adequately differentiate […]