Kenai River sockeye fisheries liberalized

Posted: Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued a pair of emergency orders liberalizing fishing for sockeye salmon on the Kenai River.

Effective Saturday, the sport fishing bag and possession limit for salmon 16 inches or longer, except for king and coho salmon, has been increased to six fish. No more than two salmon may be coho salmon. The order does not include the upper Kenai River and Russian River fly-fishing-only waters.

Also, the Kenai River personal-use dipnet fishery will be open 24 hours per day, beginning at 11 p.m. Saturday through 11:59 p.m. July 31.

The area of the Kenai River open to personal-use dipnetting remains the same. A complete description of the area open to dipnetting, limits and permit requirements is found on pages 16 to 18 of the 2010 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulation Summary Booklet.

Upper Cook Inlet fishery management plans allow Fish and Game managers to liberalize the fisheries if the department determines that the abundance of the Kenai River late-run sockeye salmon is greater than 2 million fish. Based on inseason indicators, the department is projecting a run size in excess of 2 million late-run Kenai River sockeye salmon.

For more information, contact the Fish and Game Soldotna office at 907-262-9368, or call the Kenai/Kasilof dipnetting hotline at 907-267-2512.

-- Staff report

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