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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reel News from the World of Fisheries, December 4, 2018

REEL NEWS FROM ALASKA AND THE OUTSIDE  Earthquake Damage to Eagle Rock Boat Launch on the Kenai River    Eagle Rock Boat Launch is a popular boating access point on the lower Kenai. The road access to the boat launch was damaged, as a retaining wall collapsed from the earthquake activity. Road repairs will be […]

ADFG raises Little Su coho bag and possession limts to 3 per Day, Fish Creek sockeye limit to 6 per day, 12 in possession, 7 days a week

Little Susitna River Coho Salmon Limits Increased (Palmer) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is increasing the bag and possession limits for coho salmon to three per day and three in possession in the Little Susitna River. These provisions are effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, August 8 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 31, […]

Reel News from the World of Fisheries, August 7, 2018

REEL NEWS FROM ALASKA and OUTSIDE   Troopers Seize 16 tons of illegally caught salmon in Lower Cook Inlet commercial fisheries Alaska State Troopers seize more than 16 tons of illegally caught salmon by a handful of vessels south of Homer. The commercial fishing seine vessels were working cooperatively to drive salmon out of area […]

Kenai and Kasilof River Fishery Update for Sockeye Salmon, August 4

Kenai  Kenai sockeye counts continue to lag with just 516,562 counted thru Friday August 3. At the normal 86 percent point in run timing, it is now unlikely that the minimum inriver goal of 900,000 will be reached. Current mathematical projections are for a final sonar count of around 600,000. With the fisheries closed to […]