Russian River sockeyes plentiful

Posted: Tuesday, August 07, 2001

Sport fishers will find plenty of Russian River sockeye salmon, despite the poor return to the Kenai River.

The escapement goal for the late run to the Russian River -- 30,000 sockeyes -- already has been achieved, even though this should be only the midpoint of the run, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said.

More fish are arriving daily, the department said. Mean-while, operators of the Russian River ferry report few anglers but good catches. Many campsites and parking spaces area available at the Russian River campground. River levels have fallen, and fishing conditions are excellent.

Sockeye fishing is allowed on the Kenai River from markers just above the confluence with the Russian River to the power line crossing about 1,800 yards downstream from the ferry.

Sockeye fishing is allowed on the Russian from its mouth to markers about 600 yards below the falls. All other waters of the Kenai River drainage are closed to sockeye fishing.

The daily bag and possession limit in the open area is three sockeye salmon. Fishing is allowed only with flies, and each angler can use just one hook. The hook can have just one point, and the gap between the point and the shank can be no more than three-eighths of an inch.

Weights, if used, must be at least 18 inches ahead of the fly. No snagging is allowed, and fish must be hooked in the mouth.

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