Salmon bag and possession limits to increase

Sport fishing bag and possession limits will increase on the Kenai River at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

For salmon 16 inches or longer — excluding king, pink and coho — the bag limit will be increase to six per day, 12 in possession.

 The increased allotment area runs from the mouth of the Kenai to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulatory marker as the outlet of Skilak Lake.

According to a Fish and Game press release, when the late-run for the Kenai River sockeye salmon run exceeds 2.3 million fish — which the department projects the run exceeds as of Friday — the department is allowed to increase limits. Fish and Game expects to reach the optimal escapement goal of 700,000 — 1.4 million sockeye. 

The department asks fishermen to respect restoration projects and private property on the Kenai.

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