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May 24, 2016
North Kenai Peninsula Management Area
Week of May 23 to May 29
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.
- In the Kenai River: This emergency order closes Kenai River to king salmon fishing from Sunday, May 1 through Thursday, June 30, 2016. In addition, from Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 31, 2016 king salmon fishing will be closed from an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek, upstream to the outlet of Skilak Lake.
- In the Kasilof River: Beginning Sunday, May 1 through Thursday, June 30, 2016, anglers will be allowed to harvest only hatchery-produced king salmon during Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday each week. Naturally-produced king salmon may be retained only on Tuesdays and Saturdays each week. Hatchery-produced king salmon are distinguished from naturally-produced king salmon in the Kasilof River by a healed adipose fin-clip scar. The adipose fin is the small fleshy fin on the back just ahead of the tail. The bag and possession limit will be two fish in the Kasilof River of which only one fish may be a naturally-produced king salmon on Tuesdays and Saturdays. In addition, the use of bait and multiple hooks will be prohibited in the Kasilof River from its mouth upstream to the Sterling Highway bridge. Anglers may use only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure. “Single hook” means a fishhook with only one point (with or without a barb).
- 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.
- Many flowing waters are closed and will reopen June 11 to sport fishing by regulation. Anglers are reminded to check the regulation booklet as the water they may intend to fish may be closed to all fishing.
Salmon – Kenai & Kasilof rivers
- The Russian River opens to sockeye salmon fishing June 11. Sockeye salmon counts from the weir will be available on the departments fish count webpage beginning the week of June 6.
- The Kenai River is closed to fishing for early-run king salmon. Daily estimates of large king salmon passage are posted daily Monday thru Friday on the fish count web page. Complete information summaries about Kenai River king salmon assessment is available on the departments fish count webpage on Tuesday and Fridays, total king salmon passage estimate will be posted by early June.
- The early-run of king salmon to the Kasilof River is not forecasted and part of the run is hatchery king salmon. Small early-run hatchery king salmon (those less than 30 inches in length) are expected to be abundant.
- King salmon are present in the Kasilof River and generally king salmon fishing success rates will continue to improve during as the season continues.
Resident Fish — Kenai River
- Fishing opportunities on the Kenai River are limited because of spring closures to all sport fishing. Sport fishing for resident species remains open under existing regulations downstream of an ADF&G marker located about 1 mile upstream of the lower Killey River (see page 71 of the regulations summary booklet).
- Lake waters are warming sooner than usual because of the early spring. 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 over the next few weeks as water temperatures continue to get warmer. Stocked Kenai Peninsula lakes as well as numerous lakes support natural populations of rainbow trout, lake trout and Dolly Varden. Numerous Kenai Peninsula Lakes provide great fishing opportunity in the spring while flowing waters are closed to fishing. Bait fished under a bobber, small spinners and spoons or fly fishing from a float tube or watercraft all produce great catch rates during the spring.
- 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.