(Released: July 22, 2019 - Expired: December 31, 2019)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Colton Lipka, Area Management Biologist
(Soldotna) - In an effort to allow anglers an additional harvest opportunity of Kasilof River sockeye salmon, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is increasing the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon to six fish per day and twelve fish in possession; however, no more than two salmon per day and two in possession may be coho salmon, in all portions of the Kasilof River open to salmon fishing. These provisions are effective 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, July 24 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019.
The biological escapement goal on the Kasilof River is 160,000-340,000 sockeye salmon. As of Sunday, July 21, 2019, a total of 231,900 sockeye salmon have passed the Kasilof River sonar site. The current escapement of sockeye salmon into the Kasilof River is proceeding at a rate that is projected to exceed the biological escapement goal.
“Increasing the limits for sockeye salmon allows anglers an opportunity to harvest additional fish to fill their freezer,” stated Area Management Biologist Colton Lipka.
In addition to increasing the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon, ADF&G issued emergency order number 2-RS-1-36-19 expanding the area open to dipnetting on the Kasilof River effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 24 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, August 7, 2019.
For additional information, please contact Area Management Biologist Colton Lipka at (907) 262-9368.