Due to the high number of late-run sockeye salmon entering the Kenai River, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has opened the personal-use dipnet fishery 24 hours a day through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.
Also, the bag and possession limits for sockeye on the Kenai River have been increased to six fish.
The bag limit increase applies to anglers on the Kenai River but doesn't include the Russian River and the Kenai River "fly-fishing-only" waters. Fish and Game asks anglers to respect riverbank restoration projects and private property along the Kenai River.
According to a news release, the Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Salmon Fishery Management Plan allows Fish and Game to increase dipnetting hours based on a projected run size of more than 2 million late-run sockeye salmon entering the Kenai River. Despite the increase in hours, the area of the Kenai River open to dipnetting will remain the same.
For more information, dip-netters can read to pages 16 to 18 of the Southcentral Alaska Sportfishing Regulation Summary Booklet booklet.
Bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon on the Kasilof River were increased earlier this week, as was the area in which dipnetting is permitted. The daily bag limit is six and the possession limit is 12. Bag and possession limits for Kasilof king salmon remain the same.
For more information, contact the Soldotna Fish and Game at 262-9368.
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