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 - 2,116 7,237 6,391 4,212  
Jun-29 - 2,116 7,128 6,241 4,170  
Jun-28 - 2,116 7,001 6,030 4,072  
Jun-27 - 2,116 6,917 5,902 4,024  
Jun-26 - 2,116 6,790 5,739 3,952  
Jun-25 - 2,116 6,621 5,636 3,837  
Jun-24 - 2,116 6,507 5,534 3,752  
Jun-23 - 2,116 6,423 5,374 3,667  
Jun-22 - 2,116 6,332 5,237 3,637  
Jun-21 - 2,116 6,242 5,152 3,546  
Jun-20 - 2,116 6,109 5,025 3,473  
Jun-19 - 2,116 6,043 4,944 3,352  
Jun-18 - 2,116 5,922 4,853 3,301  
Jun-17 - 2,116 5,663 4,720 3,159  
Jun-16 18 2,116 5,470 4,593 3,080  
Jun-15 85 2,098 5,277 4,412 3,032  
Jun-14 121 2,013 4,963 4,234 2,934  
Jun-13 72 1,892 4,589 3,957 2,830  
Jun-12 78 1,820 4,282 3,674 2,695  
Jun-11 133 1,742 4,010 3,403 2,452  
Jun-10 121 1,609 3,726 3,162 2,281  
Jun-09 103 1,488 3,473 2,993 2,142  
Jun-08 103 1,385 3,298 2,785 1,955  
Jun-07 121 1,282 3,027 2,574 1,798  
Jun-06 120 1,161 2,820 2,249 1,551  
Jun-05 109 1,041 2,619 2,034 1,346  
Jun-04 127 932 2,335 1,907 1,219  
Jun-03 103 805 2,135 1,684 1,056  
Jun-02 115 702 1,767 1,503 923  
Jun-01 109 587 1,495 1,382 736  
May-31 61 478 1,260 1,243 603  
May-30 79 417 1,091 1,026 531  
May-29 48 338 892 844 465  
May-28 49 290 741 675 344  
May-27 49 241 650 434 290  
May-26 6 192 552 356 236  
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

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 at 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.

Early Run Netting Project Large Fish 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 at the sonar station located at river mile 8.6.

Weekly Sportfish Fishing Report for this area


Early Run Kenai River Chinook Inseason Summary for Fri. Jun 15

Chinook salmon run update:

On June 14th the daily estimated passage of Chinook salmon greater than 34 inches in length was 121 fish for a season total of 2,013 Chinook salmon greater than 34 inches in length through June 14. Approximately 64% of the run on average has passed the king salmon sonar by June 14th. The 2018 run appears low and is tracking well behind last year, which saw a final cumulative sonar count of ~7200 large fish for 2017. The current 2018 projection of escapement if the run is on time and harvest pressure is average is ~3,100 large fish, approximately 800 fish below the lower end of the Optimum Escapement Goal. A one-day late scenario produces a projected escapement of ~3,200 large fish with average harvest. Management actions were taken on 6/11/18 and an emergency order was issued to restrict the Kenai king salmon sport fishery to catch and release only (EO # 2-KS-1-13-18). No king salmon can be removed from the water and must be release immediately. Continued low king salmon counts will likely result in further angling restrictions on the Kenai River.


Sockeye Salmon update

The number of sockeye salmon entering the lower Kenai River has continued steady in recent days. Russian river weir counts appear to be behind by a few days but good.
Fishery Update:
Fishing success and effort has declined in recent days. Water clarity decreased markedly on Sunday 6/10 but flows are still down from average. The sport CPUE has begun to decline from earlier highs and angler effort has declined markedly due to recent angling restrictions. The ADF&G netting project at river mile 8.6 fell during the first part of the last week but increased since water conditions have become siltier. Recent catches are catching more small fish.


Water Conditions:

Water levels in the Kenai River are lower than average. Anglers report that large amounts of mossy debris is fouling fishing gear.
• CFS at Soldotna Bridge was 8,120 ft3 on June 15th.
• CFS at Skilak Lake Outlet was 7,060 ft3 on June 15th.
• CFS at Cooper Landing was 5,400 ft3 on June 15th.
Water Temperature was 52.9 degrees Fahrenheit at the sonar site on June 14th.
This information was compiled based on raw and historical data for in-season management purposes.
Final data is subject to change.