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Area Sport Fishing Reports
Northern Kenai

June 22, 2017

Week of June 21 to June 28

Emergency Orders and regulation reminders

Emergency Orders are in effect for the following areas:

  • In Kenai River: From the mouth of the Kenai River upstream to 300 yards below the mouth of Slikok Creek, king salmon less than 46” in total length may be retained.
  • In Kenai river: From the mouth of the Kenai River upstream to 300 yards below the mouth of Slikok Creek, bait is allowed.
  • In Stormy Lake: The retention of Arctic char/Dolly Varden is prohibited all year long, as part of an effort to restore this native fish.
  • In Soldotna Creek Drainage Lakes: The retention of species other than northern pike is prohibited all year long in East/West Mackey, Union, and Derks Lake, as part of an effort to restore native fish.
  • The 2017 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet is available online, at ADF&G offices, and local vendors. The regulations can also be viewed or download from the department’s webpage.

Salmon – Kenai & Kasilof Rivers

  • Kenai River king salmon angling is still good. River conditions are staying lower and more clear than normal. Anglers can now catch more fish in turbid conditions with bait allowed below Slikok Creek.
  • Fishing for early-run king salmon on the Kasilof remains good and fishing conditions are fair.
  • Fishing for sockeye salmon in the Upper Kenai and Russian River Rivers is good, fair to good numbers of fish are still headed up river and fishing pressure is lighter than usual.
  • Fishing for sockeye salmon on the lower Kenai is good with a good numbers of early-run sockeye salmon passing the lower river sonar site.

Resident Fish — Kenai & Kasilof Rivers

  • More Dolly Varden are being reported by anglers recently.
  • Fishing for rainbow trout in these waters is excellent and expected to be very good for the near future based on department staff observations below Skilak Lake.
  • Fishing for resident species in the remainder of the Kenai drainage is good.

Lake Fishing

  • Lake fishing for trout has been good.
  • Sport Lake has limited access this year due to elodea treatments. The boat ramp is open on a scheduled basis.
  • Lake fishing in the Swanson River drainage is reportedly fair.

Northern Pike

  • All public accessible lakes on the Peninsula have had invasive pike removed.


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