(Released: July 26, 2019 - Expired: July 31, 2019)

Division of Sport Fish
Dave Rutz, Director
Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Doug Vincent-Lang, Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Contact: Colton Lipka, Area Management Biologist
(907) 262-9368

Kenai River Personal Use Dip Net Fishery Open 24 Hours Per Day

(Soldotna) - The Kenai River personal use dip net fishery will be open 24 hours per day, beginning 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 27 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

The area of the Kenai River open to personal use dipnetting remains the same. Please review pages 13-16 of the 2019 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulation Summary booklet for a complete description of the area open to dipnetting, along with harvest limits and permit requirements. Participants are reminded that retention of king salmon is prohibited, and any king salmon caught must be returned immediately to the water. Additionally, to participate in the Upper Cook Inlet personal fisheries participants must be Alaska residents and have in their possession a current sport fishing license and a Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use permit. Nonresidents are not permitted to participate in personal use fisheries.

The Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Salmon Fishery Management Plan allows ADF&G to increase the hours open to dipnetting in the Kenai River personal use fishery to 24 hours per day if ADF&G determines that Kenai River late-run sockeye salmon numbers exceed 2.3 million fish. Based on inseason indicators, ADF&G is projecting a run size in excess of 2.3 million late-run Kenai River sockeye salmon and anticipates the escapement goal (700,000 - 1,200,000 sockeye salmon) will be achieved.

Please respect all private property adjacent to public beaches and follow applicable rules and regulations when on lands owned by the City of Kenai.

For additional information, please contact Area Management Biologist Colton Lipka at (907) 262-9368.