Catch and release, trophy only

Fish and Game issues emergency order for Kenai, Kasilof kings

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