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2016 Kenai Season Wrap-Up

September 3rd, 2016

Kenai Early-Run Kings Wrap-up: This year’s stout rebound shows this stock to be much more resilient than many naysayers would have us believe. This run was both early and strong relative to the preseason forecast. A total run of about 10,000 was double the 5,200 forecast. With a sonar estimate of 9,851 at River Mile … + read more

In-Season Update – 8/3/2016

August 4th, 2016

The Fish are in Charge This year’s Kenai Sockeye run proves the truth of an old adage once again. Science and data give us best estimates of what will happen and is happening in any year. But at the end of the day, salmon are notoriously unpredictable and the art in management comes from in-season … + read more

Inseason Update – 7/26/16

July 27th, 2016

On Saturday July 23, sockeye counts at the Kenai sockeye sonar eked over 50,000 (52,410) for just the second time this year as we pass the traditional midway point in the run. This followed the 36-hour commercial fishery closure window on Friday and a commercial rest day the Wednesday before. An influx of fish late … + read more

In-season Update – 7/20/2016

July 20th, 2016

With the return of more normal king numbers following several years of poor runs, Cook Inlet fisheries are returning to typical fishing patterns according to current salmon management plans. With strong Kenai and Kasilof sockeye runs this year, that means lots of commercial fishing business as usual. Commercial drift gill nets fished seven days in … + read more

Inseason update – 7/13/2016

July 13th, 2016

Kenai Late-Run Kings Strong July king counts to date have come as a welcome relief to Kenai area fishers and fishery managers. Numbers bolstered confidence in the preseason forecast for a much improved run from the past few years. At the normal 15 percent point in the season, the sonar count of 6,416 as of … + read more