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:

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
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
2018
Count
2018
Cumulative
2018
Cumulative
2017
Cumulative
2016
Cumulative
2015
Notes for
2018
Jun-30 - 186 7,237 6,391 4,212  
Jun-29 - 186 7,128 6,241 4,170  
Jun-28 - 186 7,001 6,030 4,072  
Jun-27 - 186 6,917 5,902 4,024  
Jun-26 - 186 6,790 5,739 3,952  
Jun-25 - 186 6,621 5,636 3,837  
Jun-24 - 186 6,507 5,534 3,752  
Jun-23 - 186 6,423 5,374 3,667  
Jun-22 - 186 6,332 5,237 3,637  
Jun-21 - 186 6,242 5,152 3,546  
Jun-20 - 186 6,109 5,025 3,473  
Jun-19 - 186 6,043 4,944 3,352  
Jun-18 - 186 5,922 4,853 3,301  
Jun-17 - 186 5,663 4,720 3,159  
Jun-16 - 186 5,470 4,593 3,080  
Jun-15 - 186 5,277 4,412 3,032  
Jun-14 - 186 4,963 4,234 2,934  
Jun-13 - 186 4,589 3,957 2,830  
Jun-12 - 186 4,282 3,674 2,695  
Jun-11 - 186 4,010 3,403 2,452  
Jun-10 - 186 3,726 3,162 2,281  
Jun-09 - 186 3,473 2,993 2,142  
Jun-08 - 186 3,298 2,785 1,955  
Jun-07 - 186 3,027 2,574 1,798  
Jun-06 - 186 2,820 2,249 1,551  
Jun-05 - 186 2,619 2,034 1,346  
Jun-04 - 186 2,335 1,907 1,219  
Jun-03 - 186 2,135 1,684 1,056  
Jun-02 - 186 1,767 1,503 923  
Jun-01 - 186 1,495 1,382 736  
May-31 - 186 1,260 1,243 603  
May-30 - 186 1,091 1,026 531  
May-29 - 186 892 844 465  
May-28 - 186 741 675 344  
May-27 - 186 650 434 290  
May-26 - 186 552 356 236  
May-25 12 186 422 265 194  
May-24 36 174 319 229 176  
May-23 42 138 259 199 128  
May-22 30 96 168 133 98  
May-21 18 66 150 121 92  
May-20 6 48 144 91 68  
May-19 24 42 108 49 56  
May-18 18 18 66 36 18  
May-17 0 0 36 30 6  
May-16 0 0 6 12 6 First count, Lots of eulachon

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Weekly Sportfish Fishing Report for this area


Early Run Kenai River Chinook Inseason Summary for Sun. May 20

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