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Support makes Kenai River Classic a success

Posted: July 15, 2011 - 9:36am

Last week, Kenai River Sportfishing Association joined the communities of Kenai and Soldotna in presenting the 18th annual Kenai River Classic. Once again, the event was a great success with good weather, two days of catch and release king salmon fishing and many opportunities to educate the attendees about the importance of preserving the world-class Kenai River.

This event just wouldn’t be possible without the more than 200 volunteers who do everything from shuttling participants to setting up venues, loading boats and organizing the auction. The money we raise for fishery and habitat conservation on the Kenai River wouldn’t be possible without the generous auction item donations from local businesses and individuals, and the countless hours donated by tireless volunteers.

The Kenai River Classic continues to be an important economic engine for the community with thousands of dollars being spent on accommodations, food, guides, tours and transportation. As sport fisheries across the state continue to suffer from low king salmon returns, the efforts we are making towards the sustainability of the Kenai River become that much more important. By working together as a community we will continue to ensure that the river is healthy and that sportfishing remains an important and productive aspect of our local economy, and our children’s enjoyment for years to come.

On behalf of the KRSA board of directors, thanks to each and every one of you who made this year’s Kenai River Classic a success.
Our sincere appreciation to all,

Eldon Mulder, Board Chair
Mark Hamilton, Classic Chair
Ricky Gease, Executive Director
Kenai River Sportfishing Association

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HikingAlaska 07/18/11 - 11:29 am
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I was introduced to Eldon Mulder this past Friday by a friend Bill Stoltze. The three of us spent some time dipnetting near the mouth of the Kenai River. It was a strong run of reds, and in the middle of the day, Mulder netted a beautiful 40 pound female king salmon. As I was pondering how we would divide this whale of a fish, Eldon carefully removed the fish from the net and gently placed her back in the water - before I could strenuously object! He even gave some words of encouragement to the fish as she swam away, wishing her the best of luck in her quest up stream. I was scratching my head in disbelief until Eldon took the time to explain his relationship with the river and the fishery. I have a new perspective. Thank you Eldon for a great day of learning, you are a great asset to the river and your community.

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