Area Sport Fishing Reports
Northern Kenai

Archived Sport Fishing Report

August 11, 2014

North Kenai Peninsula Management Area

Week of August 11 to August 17
Issued August 11, 2014

Emergency Orders and regulation reminders

• Personal use fishing permits must be returned to ADF&G by the date indicated on the permit which is August 15. Failure to return the permit may result in a $200 fine and loss of your future personal use fishing privileges.

• In the Kenai River: Please review the daily bag limit regulations for salmon. The coho salmon bag limit is 2 per day while pink salmon limit is 6 per day.

Salmon – Kenai & Kasilof rivers

• Pink salmon are migrating into the Kenai River in very large numbers. Anglers fishing for coho salmon are catching pink salmon from Skilak Lake downstream to the mouth of the Kenai River.

• Coho salmon fishing is slow in both the Kenai and Kasilof rivers. Large numbers of pink salmon in the Kenai River make it difficult to fish for coho salmon. Coho salmon fishing is expected to improve later in August and during September after the pink salmon spawn and die.

Salmon – Upper Kenai River - Russian River

• Sockeye salmon fishing success in the Upper Kenai River is slow at this time as the run is near the end.

• Presently fishing success for sockeye salmon is fair in the Russian – Kenai rivers confluence area. The sockeye salmon in this area a turning to spawning coloration.

• At this time water levels are low in the Russian River.

Resident Fish — Kenai River

• Fishing for rainbow trout has been fair recently in the Kenai River water conditions are not as good as last week because the recent rainfall.

Lake Fishing

• Fishing conditions at area lakes are very good. Several Kenai Peninsula lakes are stocked with Rainbow trout, Arctic grayling, land-locked salmon and Arctic char. Numerous lakes also support natural populations of rainbow trout, lake trout and Dolly Varden. Numerous Kenai Peninsula Lakes provide great fishing opportunity through the summer. Bait fished under a bobber, small spinners and spoons or fly fishing from a float tube all may produce high catch rates and can provide anglers great fishing.

Northern Pike

• Few 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.