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
www.adfg.alaska.gov


Advisory Announcement
(Released: August 03, 2021 - Expires: December 31, 2021)

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

Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Bag Limits Increased

(Soldotna) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is increasing the sport fishing bag and possession limits for salmon, 16 inches or longer, except for king, pink, chum, and coho salmon, in the Kenai River downstream of Skilak Lake to six per day and twelve in possession effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, August 5 through 11:59 p.m. Friday, December 31, 2021. This includes the flowing waters of the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to ADF&G regulatory marker located at the outlet of Skilak Lake.

The Kenai River Late-Run Sockeye Salmon Management Plan allows ADF&G to increase bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon when the late-run of Kenai River sockeye salmon exceeds 2.3 million salmon. As of August 3, 2021, ADF&G projects the Kenai River sockeye salmon late-run exceeds 2.3 million fish and anticipates the escapement goal (750,000 - 1,300,000 sockeye salmon) will be achieved. Therefore, it is warranted to increase the bag and possession limits for salmon, other than king, pink, chum, and coho salmon, to six per day and twelve in possession, of which no more than two per day and in possession may be coho salmon, and three per day and six in possession may be chum salmon.

“In order to provide anglers more opportunity to harvest late-run sockeye the department has increased the bag limit for the Kenai River downstream of Skilak Lake,” stated Area Management Biologist Colton Lipka.

Anglers are reminded to review the Kenai River riverbank closures for habitat protection regulations described on pages 55-57, as well as, the fly-fishing only waters downstream of Skilak Lake described on pages 52-53 of the 2021 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet. In addition, please respect riverbank restoration projects and private property in the Kenai River corridor.

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

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