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 […]


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 […]

KRSA Board wishes former executive director well in his new role, search underway for new director

SOLDOTNA, AK (February 7, 2019) – Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) Executive Director Ricky Gease has accepted a position with the State of Alaska as the Director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. Ricky’s last day as KRSA executive director is February 8, 2019. During his fifteen years as KRSA’s executive director, Ricky […]


SOLDOTNA, AK (February 26, 2019) – The Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Ben Mohr has been selected to serve as the executive director of KRSA. As the executive director, Mohr will be responsible for achieving the organization’s mission as well as management of KRSA’s operations, public relations and […]

Reel News from the World of Fisheries, November 13, 2018

REEL NEWS FROM ALASKA AND THE OUTSIDE Upcoming Event – 2108 Sportsmen’s Rendezvous 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday, November 17, American Legion Post 1, 840 West Fireweed Lane, Anchorage Reports from the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, Alaska Outdoor Council, Alaska Outdoor Legislative Caucus & Advisory Council, Alaska Professional Hunters Association, Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation, […]

Take Action – Sign the Petition to Protect Kachemak Bay State Park

Commercial fishing interests seek permanent expansion of cost recovery hatchery into State Park   The Kachemak Bay State Park Comprehensive Management Plan is being finalized and commercial fishermen are seeking to expand the reach into the park of the Tutka Bay hatchery. Currently the hatchery is permitted to release up to 125 million hatchery pink […]

2 of 3 salmon harvested in Lower Cook Inlet is for Hatchery Cost Recovery

Statewide about 1 in 5 hatchery salmon are harvested for commercial cost recovery Cost recovery is a primary method whereby hatcheries recovery their costs associated with producing hatchery salmon. Typically the first part of a hatchery salmon return is harvested for cost recovery, then once that hatchery expense is covered the remaining fish are available […]

Reel News from the World of Fisheries, November 1, 2018

REEL NEWS FROM ALASKA AND THE OUTSIDE ADFG Commercial Fishing Season Summaries for Cook Inlet ADFG released the 2018 Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Salmon Fishery Season Summary. In UCI sockeye salmon are the most valuable salmon species, accounting for nearly 93 percent of the total value during the past two decades. The preseason forecast of […]

Size of salmon harvest in Alaska now largely driven by odd year, even year cycle

Ranking size of annual commercial fishing salmon harvests shows pattern before and after onset of industrial salmon hatchery production in 1990   In Alaska, one in three salmon harvested in commercial fisheries typically are now of hatchery origin. 99 percent of all hatchery salmon in Alaska are harvested in commercial fisheries. Hatcheries have become an […]