Updated: Kenai, Kasilof and Russian River Orders

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) today released three emergency orders which may effect anglers in Southcentral Alaska. Kenai River: In favor of protecting returning king salmon, ADF&G is closing the early-run king salmon sport fishery in the Kenai River drainage downstream of the outlet of Skilak Lake effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, June […]

2020 Halibut Regulations on the Move

May 15, 2020 The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted 10-1 today to relax 2020 halibut limits for Alaska’s charter industry.  The Council responded to requests from the charter industry, with support from KRSA, to soften regulations based on an expected drop in harvest due to the COVID-19 crisis. It is hoped that these changes in regulations […]


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 […]

Resurrecting the Public Record: Assessing Public Participation in Alaska’s Fisheries

Ever wonder how fishery regulations are created in Alaska? Who allocates fish to commercial, sport, personal use and subsistence fisheries? Are allocations based on science, or politics? Is the process broken, in need of mending, or working fine? In Alaska, Board of Fisheries (BOF) is tasked with the conservation and allocation of state fishery resources. […]

Progress Update: A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Fisheries

In response to the interests of the recreational angling community, NOAA Fisheries has established a number of recent policies and directives and has made significant progress toward addressing the primary recommendations contained in the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management’s report, A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries. NOAA Fisheries recognizes that many challenges […]

The Story No One Got To Read …

According to Craig Medred, there is more to the Roland Maw story than just residency fraud. Medred contends the ADN and its management killed the residency issues story when Maw was being considered for the Alaska Board of Fisheries appointment in 2015. An appointment made by Governor Bill Walker, a friend of ADN owner Alice […]

New Online Advocacy System Provides Opportunities for Recreational Anglers Nationwide to Contact Their Legislators

Washington D.C.— The National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) announced today its official endorsement of Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation (BASC), a new intuitive online advocacy system that allows fishing enthusiasts to write, call, or tweet their legislators through prewritten engagements online. The official BASC site launch was announced on June 1 by B.A.S.S. “Bass Anglers […]

ADF&G restricts more king fishing with additional EOs

Marine waters between Bluff Point and Ninilchik River closed through July 15. Lower Cook Inlet streams closed to sportfishing through July 15. Area closed to fishing expanded at the Little Susitna River Weir.  

Why roll the dice on Alaska’s Kenai River kings by cutting escapement goals?

The basic principle of fisheries management is simple. Fish come first. Use science to ensure adequate escapement and then allow harvest by users. When uncertain about the science, act conservatively to prevent overfishing. If precautionary measures must be taken, share the burden of conservation fairly among all users. When these principles are not followed, troubles […]