Current weather

  • Overcast, mist
  • 52°
    Overcast, mist
  • Comment

Russian river fisheries take off

River revelry

Posted: June 20, 2013 - 8:03pm  |  Updated: June 21, 2013 - 8:49am
Back | Next
Howard Romig, of Cooper Landing, uses a dipnet to fish sockeye salmon in the Russian River falls in an area where subsistence fishermen from Cooper Landing, Hope and Ninilchik are allowed to fish Thursday June 20, 2013 near Cooper Landing, Alaska. According to  U.S. Fish and Wildlife data about 100 subsistence permits are issued on the Kenai Peninsula each year.   Rashah McChesney
Rashah McChesney
Howard Romig, of Cooper Landing, uses a dipnet to fish sockeye salmon in the Russian River falls in an area where subsistence fishermen from Cooper Landing, Hope and Ninilchik are allowed to fish Thursday June 20, 2013 near Cooper Landing, Alaska. According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife data about 100 subsistence permits are issued on the Kenai Peninsula each year.

The salmon appeared momentarily at the surface, its muscles pushing hard against the turbulent water before disappearing into a mass of sockeye balled up at the base of a stair-step shaped feature at the Russian River Falls.

Buffeted on all sides by the noise and swift current, salmon leapt, flashing silver against the white foam. At times, they successfully navigated upriver to the next feature, others were caught in the foaming eddies and thrown wildly back down to the base to recover and try again.

Every so often, a gold handled net dipped into the river to scoop up a few fish as subsistence fishermen from nearby Cooper Landing took their share of the early run of sockeye on the Russian River.

As of Wednesday a weir at the outlet of the lower Russian Lake, more than 70 miles from the mouth of the Kenai River, showed more than 21,500 passing, just shy of the early run sockeye escapement goal range of 22,000-42,000 fish.

According to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game press release, the early run of sockeye salmon is projected to reach its spawning escapement goal.

Dipnet fishermen upstream were joined downstream by dozens of anglers taking advantage of the recently opened Russian River sanctuary which was available for anglers starting Wednesday at 8 a.m.

Jeffry Anderson, new Cook Inlet Area Inseason Manager, for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stood at the falls talking to the six people who went to the river to dipnet Thursday morning.

He said about 100 subsistence permits are issued to residents of Hope, Ninilchik and Cooper Landing who are eligible to fish in special subsistence-only fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula.

The dipnet fishery at the Russian River falls has been the most heavily used in recent years with just over 1200 sockeye harvested in 2012.

Due to a chinook salmon conservation concern a subsistence fishery on the Kenai River has been closed, although there has been no harvest of chinook in that fishery in recent years and Anderson said it is not heavily utilized.

Another subsistence fishery will occur on the Kasilof River just below the outlet of Tustumena Lake although it targets late-run fish that will spawn on the Kenai Wildlife Refuge, that fishery is only open to subsistence fishermen from Ninilchik.

 

Rashah McChesney can be reached at rashah.mcchesney@peninsulaclarion.com

  • Comment

Comments (1) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
kenai123
1310
Points
kenai123 06/22/13 - 10:26 pm
0
0
open up commercial gill nets

It is outrageous to close down subsistence nets and then open up commercial gill nets but you know that is what the ADF&G is thinking about doing right now. With all the fresh water closed for kings because of decades of ADF&G fisheries mismanagement, you know the ADF&G is about to open up wholesale gill net slaughter on everything. The truth is that ALL SET GILL NETS should be close in Cook Inlet because of all the kings their operation would kill. Will the ADF&G understand this truth? NO WAY! The ADF&G is soooo controlled by the commercial gill netters that they will be forced to open those gill nets. Responsible fisheries management says that all Cook Inlet set nets should be closed for the season and that is because of all the abuse those nets have heaped on our king salmon for the past 20 years.

Half of those set netters now have drift permits anyway now, so they can jump in their drift boats and start slaughtering the reds as soon as the ADF&G closes their set nets down.
We don't need new king avoiding set nets, just close set nets down and they will all get drift permits and boats. Problem solved.

Back to Top

Spotted

Please Note: You may have disabled JavaScript and/or CSS. Although this news content will be accessible, certain functionality is unavailable.

Skip to News

« back

next »

  • title http://spotted.peninsulaclarion.com/galleries/321268/ http://spotted.peninsulaclarion.com/galleries/321253/ http://spotted.peninsulaclarion.com/galleries/321248/
  • title http://spotted.peninsulaclarion.com/galleries/321243/ http://spotted.peninsulaclarion.com/galleries/321208/ http://spotted.peninsulaclarion.com/galleries/320593/
  • title http://spotted.peninsulaclarion.com/galleries/321173/ http://spotted.peninsulaclarion.com/galleries/321163/
My Gallery

CONTACT US

  • 150 Trading Bay Rd, Kenai, AK 99611
  • Switchboard: 907-283-7551
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-283-3584
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Business Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-335-1257
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING

MORRIS ALASKA NEWS