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Kenai River Fishery Update for King Salmon, August 4

Through Thursday, Aug 2, 10,855 large kings have been counted at the sonar at the normal 67 percent point in the run. After a slow start, numbers appear to be following a normal run timing. At normal run timing, escapement projects to be around 17,000 which is comfortably above the 13,500 minimum goal. Restrictions and closures […]

Kasilof River Sockeye Salmon Bag and Possession Limits Increased

FISH ALERT – Sockeye are returning the Kasilof River is good numbers, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is increasing the bag and possession limits to six fish per day and twelve fish in possession, starting Saturday, August 4. No more than two salmon per day and two in possession can be silvers. […]

Kenai River Fishery Update for King and Sockeye Salmon, Monday July 30

Kenai River King Salmon update On Sunday, July 29, 451 large Kenai River king salmon were counted, 8,969 to date, for kings more than 34 inches this season. The run is now past the normal halfway point at 56 percent, and the end of season escapement projection is around 16,000 continue to be steady. Figure […]

Kenai River Fishery Update for King and Sockeye Salmon for Saturday, July 28

Kenai River King Salmon Update  On Friday, July 27, 426 large Kenai River king salmon were counted, 8,101 to date, for kings more than 34 inches this season. The run is now at the normal halfway point, and the end of season escapement projection is around 16,000 and continues to slowly increase as commercial interception […]

Governor Walker Heads to Kenai to Listen to Commercial Fishermen, Ignores Sport Anglers and Personal Use Dip Netters

In one of the worst fishery seasons ever on the Kenai River, with closures and restrictions in commercial, sport and personal use fisheries for king and sockeye salmon, the Governor comes to Kenai on Friday, July 27 to listen to complaints from commercial fishermen that it is unfair to say that commercial fisheries have been […]

Fish Alert: ADFG closes Kenai River dip net fishery early, reduces bag limit for red from 3 to 1

From the Alaska Department of Fish and Game: To protect returning sockeye salmon and increase fishing opportunities in the future, ADFG is closing the Kenai River Personal Use Dipnet Fishery, and the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon 16 inches or longer is reduced from three per day and six in possession, to one […]

Fish Update: Kenai River King Salmon for Thursday, July 26

On Wednesday, July 25, 647 large Kenai River king salmon were counted, 7,222 to date, for kings more than 34 inches this season. With normal timing, the run is approaching the midpoint (46 percent). The numbers are currently tracking for a normal or slightly late run timing. The first graph shows the daily run counts […]

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 […]