The bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon on the upper Kenai River and Russian River have been raised by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Beginning Wednesday at 12:01 a.m., the daily bag limit for sockeye salmon is six fish, and the possession limit is 12.
The emergency order covers the upper Kenai River, from the fly-fishing only area at Sportsman's Landing downstream to Jim's Landing, and the fly-fishing only area on the Russian River, from its confluence with the Kenai River to Fish and Game markers 600 yards below the Russian River Falls.
The count of early run sockeye at the Fish and Game weir at Lower Russian Lake has exceeded 19,000 fish and the run is expected to exceed the escapement goal of 37,000.
The sanctuary area at the confluence of the Kenai and Russian rivers opened to fishing Monday.
Fish and Game reminds anglers they may only possess the number of fish allowed in the area in which they are fishing. If an angler with more than three salmon stops to fish in an area where the possession limit is three, that angler would be in violation of the possession limit.
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