FISH ALERT – Sockeye are returning to the Russian River and Upper Kenai River in decent numbers, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is increasing the bag and possession limit. Immensely popular, the Russian River area hosts world-class fishing opportunities and public access.
As of June 29th more than 28,000 sockeye have passed the Russian River weir. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is doubling the bag and possession limits to six fish per day and twelve fish in possession, starting Thursday, July 1 at 12:01 am through 11:59 pm Wednesday, July 14.
According to ADF&G, the liberalized section includes the “mainstem Upper Kenai River including the area that extends from Skilak Lake upstream to ADF&G regulatory markers located approximately 300 yards upstream of the public boat launch at Sportsman’s Landing (this includes the Russian River Sanctuary Area) and the Russian River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G marker located approximately 600 yards downstream from the Russian River Falls.” The full text of the order can be read here.
Anglers who choose to process their fish at the river are encouraged to use the fillet tables, and discard of carcasses by chopping them into chunks and disposing of them in deep, swift moving water. Bears are active in the area and anglers should keep their belongings close and remain aware of their surroundings.
KRSA will continue to monitor for any additional ADF&G emergency orders and will post additional information at our Fish Central webpage.