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Northern Kenai

July 13, 2018

Regulation Reminders and Emergency Orders

Regulation Reminders

Emergency Orders

  • Kenai River
    • Per Emergency Order No. 2-KS-1-29-18, effective July 10, 2018, the retention of king salmon in the Kenai River personal use fishery is prohibited.
    • Per Emergency Order No. 2-KS-1-25-08, effective July 1, 2018, bait is not allowed on the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek through July 31.
    • Per Emergency Order No. 2-KS-1-20-18, effective June 20, 2018, in the Kenai River sport fishing is closed for king salmon of all sizes in the Kenai River from the mouth upstream to an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek through June 30. Sport fishing for king salmon of all sizes in the Kenai River is also prohibited from an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek, upstream to the outlet of Skilak Lake through July 31.
  • Russian River Sanctuary
    • Per Emergency Order No. 2-RS-1-21-18, effective June 19, 2018, the Russian River Sanctuary opened early to sport fishing.
  • Russian River/ Upper Kenai River
    • Per Emergency Order No. 2-RS-1-27-18, effective July 3, 2018, the bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon is six fish per day and twelve in possession in that area of the Kenai River upstream of Skilak Lake to ADF&G regulatory markers located approximately 300 yards upstream of the public boat launch at Sportsman’s Landing and the Russian River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G marker located approximately 600 yards downstream of the Russian River Falls through 11:59 p.m. Saturday July 14.
    • This Emergency Order expires at 12:00 a.m. July 15. Bag and possession limits revert back to 3 per day, 6 in possession.
  • Stormy Lake
    • Per Emergency Order No. 2-DV-1-04-18, the retention of Arctic char/Dolly Varden will be prohibited in Stormy Lake to continue the restoration of native fish stocks through December 31, 2018.
  • Soldotna Creek drainage lakes
    • Per Emergency Order No. 2-NP-1-03-18, in the Soldotna Creek Drainage lakes sport fishing will be permitted at East and West Mackey, Sevena, Union, and Derks lakes; however, the retention of all species of fish is prohibited at these lakes through December 31, 2018.

Freshwater Fishing

Salmon, Trout

  • Fishing for late-run king salmon on the Kenai River opened July 1; however, Emergency Order No. 2-KS-1-25-18 prohibits the use of bait while fishing.
  • Fishing for king salmon on the Kasilof River has been slow. General regulations apply, please see page 69 of the 2018 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.
  • Fishing for sockeye salmon on the Upper Kenai and Russian rivers is slow as the Russian River early-run sockeye salmon run is nearing an end. Normal regulations for sockeye salmon bag and possession limits will return to 3 per day, 6 in possession at 12:00 a.m. Sunday, July 15, 2018.
  • Fishing for sockeye salmon on the lower Kenai River has been productive in some areas but fisherman should expect putting more effort in to fill bag limits.
  • Fishing for sockeye salmon on the Kasilof River has been fair.
  • Fishing for rainbow trout on the Kenai River has been excellent.
  • Water conditions on the Kenai River remain high and muddy.

Lake Fishing

  • Lake fishing for trout is very good. Try fishing with dry or wet flies, small spoons, spinners, or bait.

Northern Pike

  • All lakes with developed public access on the Peninsula have had invasive pike removed.

Personal Use

  • Kasilof River dipnet fishery opened on June 25, 2018. Fishing has been reported as spotty with fluctuating levels of fish abundance. A 2018 Upper Cook Inlet dipnet permit and a resident sport fishing license is required. Only Alaska residents may participate in this fishery. NO RETENTION of king salmon is allowed. Please review the regulations on page 14 of the 2018 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.
  • Kenai River dipnet fishery opened on July 10, 2018. Dipnetting on the Kenai River has been slow. A 2018 Upper Cook Inlet dipnet permit and a resident sport fishing license is required. Only Alaska residents may participate in this fishery. NO RETENTION of king salmon is allowed per Emergency Order 2-KS-1-29-18.
  • Dipnetters should be aware of large tides this week which may affect access and camping areas on beaches.
  • Anglers using the City of Kenai City Facility (boat launch/dock) should anticipate approximately 2-hour closures before and after low tide.
  • Four-wheel drive is required for anglers accessing the fishery from the south shore and anglers should be aware of soft sand conditions.
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