Sport fishing closures in effect
The Kenai River drainage, except for the Russian River fly-fishing-only area, was closed at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Fishing for sockeye salmon is closed for the duration of the season, and there will be no time extensions.
This closure includes the Moose River, Funny River, both Killey rivers, Skilak Lake and Kenai Lake as well as all other Kenai River drainages except the Russian. The exception includes the area from markers above the confluence to markers near the power line crossing and the Russian River itself from the mouth upstream to markers at the falls. Anglers in this area can keep three salmon per day and have three in possession at any one time.
Jackpot winners announced
The Homer Halibut Jackpot Derby has announced its winners for July.
In first place and still the overall derby leader is Thomas Barkman, Anchorage, 322.8 lbs., caught July 1 with Silver Fox Charters, Mike Swan, captain.
In second place is Michael Wayne Jones, Valparaiso, Fla., 301 lbs., caught July 28 with Silver Fox Charters, Tom Bunnell, captain.
In third place, James Grimes, Montauk, N.Y., 294.4 lbs., caught July 28 with Alaska Coastal Marine, Dave Mastolier, captain.
In fourth place, William Newberry, Montauk, N.Y., 284.4 lbs. caught July 28 with Alaska Coastal Marine, Dave Mastolier, captain.
In fifth place, George Robbie, Monaca, Pa., 247.2 lbs., caught July 25 with Inlet Charters, Russ Tomlinson, captain.
Campfire program scheduled
The Captain Cook State Recreation Area Campfire Program will present a wild plant talk and walk Saturday at 7 p.m. Janice Chumley, an employee of the Alaska Cooperative Extension office will speak at the shelter near site No. 15 of the Discovery Campground.
Muzzle-loader class offered
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hold a two-day muzzle-loader certification class Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building and Snowshoe Gun Club. The cost is $20 and is limited to 20 participants. To register, call 262-9368.
Denali National Park is on the web
The National Park Service and Denali National Park and Preserve have launched two upgraded Web sites designed to provide essential information for visitors to the park. They can be found at www.nps.gov/dena/home and www.denalinationalpark.com.
For additional information call 1-800-276-7234.
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