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Kenai River restricted to catch-and-release, trophy fishing

Kasilof River also restricted to catch-and-release

Posted: July 8, 2012 - 6:22pm

Due to upper Cook Inlet king salmon numbers that continue to be well below average, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Sinday issued emergency orders further restricting sport fishing for Kenai River king salmon to catch-and-release and trophy fishing.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, from the mouth of the Kenai River upstream to Fish and Game regulatory markers located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek, only king salmon less than 20 inches in length or 55 inches or greater in length may be retained. King salmon 20 inches or greater in length and less than 55 inches in length may not be possessed or retained, may not be removed from the water, and must be released immediately.

Harvest of king salmon less than 20 inches in length or 55 inches or greater in length is still allowed.

The Kenai remains closed to king salmon fishing upstream from Fish and Game markers located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek. King salmon may not be targeted and any king salmon caught while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

The same Kenai River king salmon catch-and-release/trophy restrictions will be in place from the mouth upstream to Skilak Lake from 12:01 a.m. Sunday through the close of the Kenai River king salmon fishery on July 31.

Fish and Game reminds anglers that bait and scent is still prohibited on the entire Kenai River until August 1.

Additionally, Fish and Game has issued an emergency order restricting the Kasilof River to catch-and-release fishing for king salmon, beginning 12:01 a.m. Tuesday through the close of the Kasilof king salmon fishery on July 31.

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TheKenaiKid
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TheKenaiKid 07/09/12 - 03:20 pm
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Nice timing

Whew! Good thing this restriction came about just after the Kenai River Classic ended. I'm sure it's a total coincidence that this one-of-a-kind, invitation-only tournament for Outsiders (anyone see the tarmac last weekend at the airport?) was able to take place as planned again this year.

I'm just glad the proceeds from the Classic are only used for habitat restoration and education, rather than lobbying efforts at the Board of Fish on behalf of in-river commercial guides. That seems like it would almost run afoul of some tax laws or something...

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kenai-king 07/10/12 - 07:18 am
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Kenai River Calssic

They just can't help themselves it's all about money and with the classic and about rubbing shoulders and getting what they want. What a bunch of BS. And now they still leave the river open which I think can be good thing, kill all the Kings and then we won't have to deal with the commercial fisherman on the river that they claim not too be.

Beach Boss
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Beach Boss 07/10/12 - 10:07 am
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Confusing

Let me get this straight….
The Kenai River has the lowest return on kings EVER in history and these in river users still get to catch and release which has mortality rate of 10%, and keep the "trophy" king that they are preaching so hard to save. Oh that's right it's all about saving the king and not our pocketbook. YEAH RIGHT!!!!
Kenai-King lets talk about a bunch of BS!!!

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