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Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Area Sport Fishing Reports
Kenai

November 13, 2014

North Kenai Peninsula Management Area

Week of November 10 to November 16
Issued November 10, 2014

Emergency Orders and regulation reminders

• In Stormy Lake: The retention of Arctic char/Dolly Varden while fishing through the ice is prohibited thru the 2014-2015 winter fishery as part of an effort to restore the native fish. The emergency order will be effective beginning Friday, November 21.

• In the Kenai River: Please review the gear restrictions for the Kenai River on page 48 of the Southcentral Alaska Sportfishing Regulations Summary Booklet. Bait and multiple hooks are prohibited upstream of the Upper Killey – Kenai rivers confluence. In addition, review the season dates for coho salmon fishing.

• Remember to purchase your new 2015 sport fishing license before fishing January 1.

Resident Fish — Kenai River

• Fishing for rainbow trout can be fair to good during the winter months.

• Popular places to fish for rainbow trout are areas where the river remains ice-free. These areas include the upper Kenai River between Kenai and Skilak lakes as well as the area below Skilak Lake.

Lake Fishing

• Area lakes are not ready for ice fishing. Many lakes only have a thin layer of ice. After below freezing temperature are sustained over a period of several days, anglers will have good fishing through the ice. The larger lakes will freeze sometime later. Numerous Kenai Peninsula Lakes provide great fishing opportunity in the winter. Several Kenai Peninsula lakes are stocked with Rainbow trout, Arctic grayling, land-locked salmon and Arctic char. Numerous lakes also support natural populations of these species as well as lake trout and Dolly Varden. Bait fished under a bobber and various ice fishing jigs 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.