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