King fishing on the Kenai River is closed and fisherman should not be targeting them.
Silvers have entered the Kenai River system as of early this week and Alaska Department of Fish and Game Assistant Area Manager Jason Pawluk says indications, from successes among the commercial fleet in Cook Inlet, are for an above average run. Though, only time can tell, he said.
Fishing near the riverbank with coho flies, Kwikfish, Pixies, spinners of nearly any sort along with just about anything that wiggles will likely bring success throughout the river. Remember to switch out the treble hook for a single-barbed hook of any size when fishing below the bridge in Soldotna to the river mouth as natural bait and multiple hook rigs are forbidden until Aug. 15.
Those that prefer natural attraction and ease of use with egg rigs can fish up river of the Soldotna bridge.
While the count of Kenai River sockeye has dwindled and the dipnet fishery closed yesterday, reds continue to show for fisherman targeting them near the confluence of the Russian and Kenai rivers. Pawluk said though the lower river has gone over to a “scratch fishery” for sockeye he’s heard that a large concentration of reds have gathered at the confluence.
“There is a decent number up there this year,” he said.
Just for kids
A portion of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon in Homer will open to anglers age 15 and younger on Aug. 3, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. The youth-only sport fishing area will be posted. The remainder of the Fishing Lagoon will be open to anglers of all ages. All other sport fishing regulations remain in effect for the Fishing Lagoon and are found on page 19 of the 2013 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary Booklet.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game staff will be present at the Fishing Lagoon from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., during the rising tide, to help young anglers gear up and fish for silver salmon returning to the lagoon. Other activities will include tying egg loops and fishing knots, and learning the best way for releasing fish. Fishing rods will be available during this period for kids to check out and use at the lagoon.
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