KENAI RIVER KING SALMON FISHERY OPENS JUNE 12 TO CATCH-AND-RELEASE, LIMITED HARVEST
The Kenai River will open to catch-and-release fishing for king salmon 20 inches or greater in length, but less than 55 inches in length, beginning at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, June 12, 2010. Harvest will be allowed for king salmon less than 20 inches in length and 55 inches or greater in length.
Sport fishing for king salmon will be allowed as follows:
• From June 12, through June 30, 2010, in the Kenai River, from its mouth upstream to the Soldotna Bridge: king salmon greater than 20 inches in length but less than 55 inches in length may not be possessed or retained, may not be removed from the water, and must be released immediately.
• From Thursday, July 1, through Wednesday, July 14, 2010, in the Kenai River from the Soldotna Bridge upstream to the outlet of Skilak Lake and in the Moose River from its confluence with the Kenai River upstream to the northernmost edge of the Sterling Highway Bridge, king salmon greater than 20 inches in length but less than 55 inches in length may not be possessed or retained, may not be removed from the water, and must be released immediately.
Anglers are reminded that only one unbaited single-hook lure is allowed during these time periods.
An estimated 3,475 king salmon have passed the Kenai River sonar station through Thursday, June 10. Present assessment of run strength indicates catch-and-release fishing for king salmon will not cause the number of spawning early-run king salmon to fall below the 5,300 - 9,000 escapement goal. Department staff will continue to closely monitor the early-run king salmon return as it develops and run projections achieve a greater level of precision. If run strength continues to improve, additional restrictions may be rescinded.