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Early-run Kenai River king salmon counts are lagging below minimum requirements, expect closure decision soon

June 17th, 2018

The Early-run Kenai River king salmon count for fish larger than 34 inches (big fish) through Friday, June 15 was 2,098. In normal run timing, June 15 marks the two-third date for big fish passage. The minimum escapement goal for KR early-run kings is 3,900 to 6,600 big fish (larger than 34 inches). In normal … + read more

KRSA objects to NPFMC decision to exclude sport anglers

June 14th, 2018

Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) objects to the exclusion of sport anglers from appointment to a North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) committee for Cook Inlet salmon management. On Monday, June 11, NPFMC Chair Dan Hull announced appointments to the Council’s new Cook Inlet Salmon Committee, formed to assist in the development of measures necessary … + read more

Kenai River early-run king salmon projections

June 11th, 2018

The count thru Saturday, June 9 for Kenai River early-run king salmon totaled 1,488 large fish (greater than 34 inches). The number is substantially less than would be expected for the preseason forecast run of 5,499. For 2013 – 2017, sonar counts as of June 9 averaged about 45 percent of the total return. At … + read more

Eye on the Donut

April 19th, 2018

The following editorial appeared in the May 2018 issue of Saltwater Sportsman. Given that we’re living in contentious, partisan times in this country, there’s refreshing news regarding fisheries management. The Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017, known as the Modern Fish Act, which presents amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Act that represent anglers’ interests, passed … + read more

Sport Fishing on the Kenai is Under Attack – Reallocation through a 1,000 cuts

March 2nd, 2017

Update from the 2017 Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting for Upper Cook Inlet The consensus of every sportfishing advocate from the Kenai to Anchorage to the Mat-Su is that this is shaping up to be one of the worst Board of Fisheries meeting in 40 years. Gov. Bill Walker has now appointed or reappointed each … + read more