Kenai Chinook Estimates, Indices and Inseason Run Summaries
See also the prior Final Early Run Chinook Inseason Summary
Location: Kenai River (Chinook)
The selected years are color-coded in the graphs below:
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 early-run king salmon optimal escapement goal range is 3,900 to 6,600 large king salmon (> 34 inches). In 2020 the late-run king salmon escapement goal was modified to an optimal escapement goal range is 15,000 to 30,000 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.
Optimal Escapement Goal for Chinook - Early Run:
3,900 - 6,600
Northern Kenai Sport Fish Area Manager,
51 records returned for the years selected. Dashes indicate days with no count.
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Weekly Sportfish Fishing Report for this area
Late Run Kenai River Chinook Inseason Summary for Wed. Jul 3
KENAI RIVER LATE RUN CHINOOK SALMON INSEASON SUMMARY #1
WEDNESDAY JULY 2
Chinook Salmon Run Update:
Estimation of the late-run began on July 1, the daily estimated passage was 97 Chinook salmon. The preseason forecast is for approximately 21,700 large fish which is well below average. In response to the low forecast and general performance of king salmon runs throughout Cook Inlet, ADF&G restricted the king salmon fishery downstream from Slikok Creek by prohibiting the use of bait and multiple hooks. King salmon fishing upstream from ADF&G markers downstream of Slikok Creek to the outlet of Skilak Lake will be under general regulation effective 11:59 p.m. Wednesday July 3, 2019. ADF&G will be monitoring the run closely.
The next inseason summary will be updated Friday, July 5th.
Fishing effort and catch rates have been below average as water conditions have been unfavorable to anglers.
For complete information about the late-run outlook please visit the following link:
Water levels in the Kenai River are above average and water temperature is average.
CFS at Soldotna Bridge was 16,800 on July 2.
CFS at Skilak Lake Outlet was 15,100 on July 2.
CFS at Cooper Landing was 10,100 on July 2.
Water Temperature was 58.0 degrees Fahrenheit at the sonar site on July 2.
This information was compiled based on raw and historical data for inseason management purposes.
Final data is subject to change.