Effective Saturday, The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will increase the daily bag limit to six sockeye salmon and the possession limit to 12 sockeye per angler on the Upper Kenai and Russian River, according to a Fish and Game press release.
On the Upper Kenai River, the change will affect waters upstream of Skilak Lake to the Fish and Game markers about 300 yards upstream of the Sportsman’s Landing public boat launch. On the Russian River, the change will affect waters from the river’s mouth upstream to Fish and Game markers about 600 yards downstream of the Russian River Falls.
This year’s early-run sockeye escapement past the Lower Russian Lake weir has exceeded 23,700 fish, and Fish and Game expects the end-of-run sockeye escapement will surpass the its goal of 22,000 to 42,000 early-run sockeye.
Fish and Game reminds anglers that they may only possess the limit allowed for the waters they are actively fishing. For example, if an angler possesses more than three sockeye on the Russian river, that angler cannot fish waters with a possession limit of only three sockeye.
Fish and Game also reminds anglers to remove fish carcasses from the river either whole, or gutted and gilled. Anglers may also fillet sockeye and chop up the stripped carcasses at the Kenai River cleaning tables and thrown them into deep, flowing waters.