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Kenai Chinook Estimates, Indices and Inseason Run Summaries

Location: Kenai River (Chinook)
Species: Chinook - Early Run
Method: Sonar

The selected years are color-coded in the graphs below:

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
Daily Counts
Cumulative

Description: In 2015 the department began managing Kenai River king salmon runs using an ARIS sonar station located at river mile 14. In 2017 The Department modified the Kenai River king salmon escapement goals from goals based on king salmon of all sizes, to escapement goals based on large king salmon (fish over 34 inches) only. The new early-run king salmon optimal escapement goal range is 3,900 to 6,600 large king salmon (> 34 inches). The new late-run king salmon sustainable escapement goal range is 13,500 to 27,000 large king salmon (> 34 inches). The ARIS sonar counts found on this page are the daily and seasonal cumulative passage estimates of the number of large king salmon passing the sonar site. Additionally, the past years counts displayed on this page have been converted to large fish counts for comparison. These estimated numbers of large king salmon passing the sonar site are the primary tool for the Kenai River king salmon assessment program that also includes a sport angler harvest survey, and a netting program. The data gathered in these assessments are used together to determine king salmon run strength. This data in conjunction with Fishery Management Plans, allows fishery managers to determine if emergency order regulation changes to the fisheries are needed during the season to help ensure that the escapement goals are achieved. These abundance assessments as well as information about the status of the run and inseason management actions can be viewed via this website on the above tabs. Information is also available by telephone at (907)262-9097.

Contact: Northern Kenai Sport Fish Area Manager,
(907) 262-9368

Weekly Sportfish Fishing Report for this area

46 records returned for the years selected. Dashes indicate days with no count.
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Date
2017
Count
2017
Cumulative
2017
Cumulative
2016
Cumulative
2015
Cumulative
2014
Notes for
2017
Jun-30 - 6,621 6,391 4,212 2,391  
Jun-29 - 6,621 6,241 4,170 2,354  
Jun-28 - 6,621 6,030 4,072 2,330  
Jun-27 - 6,621 5,902 4,024 2,294  
Jun-26 - 6,621 5,739 3,952 2,228  
Jun-25 114 6,621 5,636 3,837 2,179  
Jun-24 84 6,507 5,534 3,752 2,149  
Jun-23 91 6,423 5,374 3,667 2,125  
Jun-22 90 6,332 5,237 3,637 2,070  
Jun-21 133 6,242 5,152 3,546 1,985  
Jun-20 66 6,109 5,025 3,473 1,931  
Jun-19 121 6,043 4,944 3,352 1,853  
Jun-18 259 5,922 4,853 3,301 1,775  
Jun-17 193 5,663 4,720 3,159 1,703  
Jun-16 193 5,470 4,593 3,080 1,616  
Jun-15 314 5,277 4,412 3,032 1,555  
Jun-14 374 4,963 4,234 2,934 1,476  
Jun-13 307 4,589 3,957 2,830 1,365  
Jun-12 272 4,282 3,674 2,695 1,299  
Jun-11 284 4,010 3,403 2,452 1,206  
Jun-10 253 3,726 3,162 2,281 1,085  
Jun-09 175 3,473 2,993 2,142 1,025  
Jun-08 271 3,298 2,785 1,955 916  
Jun-07 207 3,027 2,574 1,798 819  
Jun-06 201 2,820 2,249 1,551 690  
Jun-05 284 2,619 2,034 1,346 487  
Jun-04 200 2,335 1,907 1,219 384  
Jun-03 368 2,135 1,684 1,056 251  
Jun-02 272 1,767 1,503 923 172  
Jun-01 235 1,495 1,382 736 146  
May-31 169 1,260 1,243 603 115  
May-30 199 1,091 1,026 531 97  
May-29 151 892 844 465 67  
May-28 91 741 675 344 61  
May-27 98 650 434 290 43  
May-26 130 552 356 236 37  
May-25 103 422 265 194 37  
May-24 60 319 229 176 37  
May-23 91 259 199 128 37  
May-22 18 168 133 98 31  
May-21 6 150 121 92 24  
May-20 36 144 91 68 12  
May-19 42 108 49 56 12  
May-18 30 66 36 18 6  
May-17 30 36 30 6 0  
May-16 6 6 12 6 0 First Day of Sonar Counts

Non-Sonar Tools

Early Run Netting Project CPUE Index

The Net Catch Per Unit Effort (CPUE) is an index of the numbers of Chinook salmon moving into the Kenai River and is based on the rate at which Chinook salmon are captured by the netting project conducted river mile 8.6.


Early Run Sport CPUE Index

The Sport Catch Per Unit Effort (CPUE) is an index of the numbers of Chinook salmon in the lower Kenai River and is based on the success rate of anglers fishing downstream of the Sterling Highway Bridge Crossing in Soldotna.

Weekly Sportfish Fishing Report for this area


Early Run Kenai River Chinook Inseason Summary for Fri. Jun 23

Chinook salmon run update: 

On June 22 the daily estimated passage of Chinook salmon greater than 34 inches in length was 90 fish for a season total of 6,332 Chinook salmon greater than 34 inches as of June 22. Approximately 82% of the run on average has passed the king salmon sonar by June 22. The 2017 run is now tracking ahead of the 2016 run, which saw a final cumulative sonar count of ~6,400 fish, and is projecting an escapement of ~7400 fish.
The next update will be on Tuesday, June 27.

Fishery Update:

Fishing success for Chinook salmon has been good but spotty recently. Recent water conditions have deteriorated but fishing is still good. Bait has allowed some anglers to catch fish lower in the river system. The netting project at river mile 8.6 is seeing a mixture of both older and younger Chinook salmon recently, which is typical for this time of year.

An emergency order was issued on Monday June 12th to increase the maximum size of retention of Chinook salmon from less than 36 inches to less than 46 inches in total length, and bait was allowed by emergency order on June 21st. The emergency orders and news releases can be found at the following link:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/EONR/index.cfm?ADFG=region.NR&Year=2017&NRID=2426

The preseason outlook for the 2017 early-run can be found at:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/EONR/index.cfm?ADFG=region.NR&Year=2017&NRID=2399


Water Conditions:

Water clarity: Good; last visibility reading 0.65 meters at the river mile 8.6 netting program station; last visibility reading 0.93 meters at river mile 15.3.

Water flow/current: Today (8,560 ft3/sec) vs. 51 yr. Median (8,860 ft3/sec). Water discharge is well below the average of 9,170 ft3/sec. for this date.

Water temperature: June 16, 50.0°F at the river mile 14 Chinook salmon sonar station. On June 16 the water temperature was 48.0°F at river mile 15.3