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Area Sport Fishing Reports
Upper Kenai

September 14, 2016

 North Kenai Peninsula Management Area

Weeks of September 1 to September 18
Issued September 13, 2016

Emergency Orders and regulation reminders

  • Emergency Orders are in effect for the following areas:
  • In Stormy Lake: The retention of Arctic char/Dolly Varden is prohibited all year long, as part of an effort to restore this native fish.

The 2016 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary is available at Fish and Game offices as well as from many sport fishing license vendors. The regulations can also be viewed or download from the department’s web page.

Salmon – Kenai & Kasilof rivers

  • The Russian River sockeye salmon fishing is now closed by regulation. A few coho salmon are available, and bead fishing for resident species is good as the spawn is occurring.
  • Sport fishing success for coho salmon on the Kenai remains slow. Catch rates are in the 2-4 fish per trip range with 4 people fishing.
  • Sport fishing for coho salmon on the Kasilof has been slow with little effort occurring there.

Resident Fish — Kenai River

  • Fishing opportunities on the Kenai River are good as the drainage is open to sport fishing under the existing regulations.
  • The spawn of king salmon and sockeye salmon has begun; trout fishing should be excellent over the next month with beads and egg patterns.

Lake Fishing

  • Many area lakes provide great open water fishing opportunity from the shore or to fish from a boat. Fishing conditions at area lakes are good and will remain good throughout summer. Stocked Kenai Peninsula lakes as well as numerous lakes support natural populations of rainbow trout, lake trout and Dolly Varden. Bait fished under a bobber, small spinners and spoons or fly fishing from a float tube or watercraft all produce great catch rates.

Northern Pike

  • A couple area lakes have northern pike, but public access is limited. Private property owners may allow access, but get permission first.
  • Pike can be taken using spears, bow and arrow (with arrow attached by a line), bait, spin, and fly-fishing gear. Try fish-shaped and fish-colored lures and flies.
  • There is no closed season for pike and the bag limit is unlimited. Wanton waste laws apply so be sure to use, or donate to charity, all the pike you harvest.

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