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Fish and Game reminds anglers of new regulation

Posted: August 3, 2012 - 8:28am

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is reminding anglers of an emergency order issued prohibiting the use of bait, scent and multiple hooks in the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to the Soldotna bridge from Aug. 2 through Aug. 15.

Call Fish and Game at 262-9368 for more information.

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kenai123 08/03/12 - 01:00 pm
ADF&G magnifying the meaningless & miniaturizing the meaningful

There is absolutely no valid reason to ban bait and multiple hooks for silver, humpback and sockeye salmon fishing in the lower Kenai River between Aug. 2 - 14th, 2012. In the last thirty years I have "accidentally hooked and released" about 10 kings while fishing other salmon during this time period. That is about a king every 3 years and they were all released in good shape. So if each angler catches 1/3 of a king each year and there are about 100 anglers fishing everyday below the Soldotna bridge, that would be about every third person accidentally hooking and releasing a king each year. That would be about 33.3 kings accidentally hook & released each year. Maybe 3 of those kings would die ANNUALLY from hook & release mortality. We are really talking about a grand total of 3 kings dieing ANNUALLY from the whole Kenai River sport fishery, while using bait and multiple hooks from July 31 - Aug. 14th. This is a specific example of our ADF&G micro-managing our fisheries while it magnifies the meaningless and miniaturizes the meaningful. This is also a specific example of how our ADF&G projects to the public that it has little idea what they are actually doing. Three king salmon per season is not enough of anything to make any kind of fisheries management decision. Our ADF&G is now officially functioning as a political body, as they somehow attempt to placate shutdown Cook Inlet commercial gill-netters. Further destruction of our Kenai Peninsula's economy with unwarranted "collateral Kenai River king salmon restrictions" are absolutely outrageous. These political ADF&G fisheries managers must be held accountable for their ridiculous use of politics within freshwater fisheries to resolve saltwater problems. Our ADF&G is the problem on this one.

smithtb 08/04/12 - 03:44 pm
Can I borrow a shovel???

123, unfortunately there are far too many locals like me who know a little about fishing the river. If you have only 'accidentally' hooked and released 10 kings in the last 30 years while silver fishing, you are either the worst fisherman EVER, or you are hooking kings on purpose. This is no secret. It's pretty easy to do, especially above the bridge in Soldotna where it's still open to bait! I call bullcrap on you. So does everyone else who's saying that kings are being caught every day up there. BS.

kenai-king 08/06/12 - 08:50 am
I have to agree with 123

Fishing below the soldotna bridge I have not caught kings while silver fishing, but above the bridge I would have to say yes you can catch them if you fish the known spawning holes.

beaverlooper 08/06/12 - 11:30 am
twisted logic,pseudo sceince

They should give this guy a column in the paper,except he always writes a variation of the same theme.It's always some twisted logic or pseudo science that invariably concludes why (he a fresh water commercial fisherman) should get to fish while others (especially salt water commercial fishermen) shouldn't.Thank God he's not managing any kind of fishery.

julie 08/07/12 - 07:48 am
End Salmon Bycatch Petition

Hm bate.... well I was fishing yesterday for dollies with bate and there were kings spawning and guess what THEY DON"T BITE when they're spawning. We need to address the real issue here guys. The trawlers are killing well over 20,000 chinook every year. You do the math if they didn't get killed and thrown overboard they would be in the rivers! We wouldn't be fighting we wouldn't be going hungry we wouldn't have all these blogs going on!

Suss 08/07/12 - 11:15 am
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