(Released: July 21, 2021 - Expired: July 31, 2021)
CONTACT: Colton Lipka
Area Management Biologist
(Soldotna) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) reminds Alaska residents the Kenai River personal use dipnet fishery is open July 10 through July 31, 2021. However, the retention of king salmon in the Kenai River personal use fishery is prohibited this season. Restrictions to the sport fishery when it opened July 1 and the recent closure of sport fishing for king salmon the Kenai River effective July 21, 2021, prohibits the retention of king salmon in the personal use fishery per the Kenai River Late-Run King Salmon Management Plan. Any king salmon caught incidentally may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately and returned to the water unharmed.
Dipnetting on the Kenai River is allowed from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day, from July 10 through July 31. An Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use permit and a 2021 Alaska sport fishing license are required to participate. Only Alaska residents can participate in personal use fisheries. The Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use permits are available at local ADF&G offices, vendors, and the ADF&G online store. Please review pages 13-14 of the 2021 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the Kenai River Dipnet Fishery regulations and description of the dipnet area.
For additional information, please contact Area Management Biologist Colton Lipka at (907) 262-9368.