The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) today released three emergency orders which may effect anglers in Southcentral Alaska.
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 10, 2020. From June 10 through June 30, fishing for king salmon of any size, including catch-and-release, is closed in the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to the outlet of Skilak Lake. The closure for king salmon fishing will continue July 1 through July 31, in waters from an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek upstream to the outlet of Skilak Lake.
In favor of protecting returning king salmon ADF&G is implementing the following sport fishing regulation restriction for early-run king salmon in the Kasilof River drainage effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, June 10 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The bag and possession limit for king salmon 20 inches or greater in length is two hatchery-produced fish. Hatchery-produced king salmon are recognizable by a healed adipose fin-clip scar. Naturally-produced king salmon of any size may not be possessed or retained and are distinguishable by an intact adipose fin, a small fleshy fin on the back of the fish just ahead of the tail. Naturally-produced king salmon that are caught may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
In addition, the use of bait is prohibited and only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure may be used in the Kasilof River from its mouth upstream to the Sterling Highway Bridge. Single-hook means a fish hook with only one point.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is liberalizing existing sport fishing regulations by opening the Russian River Sanctuary Area early for anglers to sport fish for sockeye salmon. This regulatory change is effective 12:01a.m. Thursday, June 11 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Anglers please note that the Russian River Sanctuary Area is Area B in the map below. For addition information on the Upper Kenai River and Russian River Confluence Area, please review page 60 of the 2020 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.