KRSA-Moves Classic to August-News Release

November 21, 2012

Contact:  Ricky Gease, KRSA, (907) 262-8588

Kathy Day, KDPR Virtual, (907) 868-4884 or 229-2470



Kenai River Sportfishing Association Moves Kenai River Classic to August

Group Announces Fundraising Event Dates for 2013


Soldotna — Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) today released its 2013 schedule of events and announced it will hold their annual Kenai River Classic in August next year to lessen potential impacts on king salmon due to the unknown run strength in 2013.

“Based on the diminished king return this year and uncertainty in 2013, our board voted unanimously to move the 20th annual Kenai River Classic to August and fish for silver salmon,” said Ricky Gease, KRSA executive director. As an organization founded and focused on habitat conservation, fishery management, research and education, KRSA is putting fish first by moving this event from July to August.

“Even if the 2013 king return is greater than forecast, we needed to make this decision now and take no chances of scheduling the event in a time of low abundance,” said Eldon Mulder, KRSA board chair. Classic participants will have an excellent chance of catching the hard fighting, high-flying silver salmon while learning about the resource, and KRSA’s mission as a conservation and research-based non-profit organization. Since being founded by the late Senator Ted Stevens 20 years ago, the focus of the Classic has always been on education and camaraderie, while giving participants the chance to catch a salmon.

KRSA’s 2013 Schedule of Summer Events

• 2nd Annual American Heroes – Kenai Peninsula Family Adventures on June 5 – 9, which provides returning active duty military members from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER) an opportunity to reconnect with their children through fishing.

• 2nd annual Catch, Clean and Cook, held on Senator Stevens Day July 27 at Soldotna Creek Park, focuses on teaching families how best to utilize salmon resources for food.

• 7th annual Kenai River Jr. Classic will be held August 13 and provides youth with an opportunity to learn about salmon conservation, river safety and to go fishing with a professional guide.

• 20th annual Kenai River Classic will be held August 19-21.

• 6th Annual Kenai River Women’s Classic will be held September 12-14.

Over KRSA’s 30-year history, the organization has raised more than $10 million through its fundraising / educational events to support angler access, habitat restoration, fishery management, education and research. The autumn Kenai River flood event demonstrated the worth of these efforts in that all restored habitat and facilities remained intact. However, the flood proved that there is still much more to accomplish. For more information on how to become a participant or sponsor for any of the KRSA summer events, contact Kelly Hanke at (907) 262-8588.

Kenai River Sportfishing Association is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, membership-based educational and conservation organization of sport anglers, conservationists and others whose primary goal is preservation and improvement of salmon habitat while promoting responsible sportfishing on the Kenai River. Learn more at


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