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Alaska Department of Fish & Game's
Upper Kenai Peninsula
Weekly Fishing Forecast


This report is reproduced from information provided by Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Soldotna Office, and will be updated weekly throughout the fishing season. The same message can be accessed on their Record-A-Phone "Sportfishing Forecast" at (907) 262-2737.

DATE:  For Week of AUGUST 28, 2013 

Emergency Orders and In-season Regulation Changes

  • Emergency Orders are in effect for the following areas:
  • In the Kenai River: This emergency order for waters downstream of Skilak Lake increases the sockeye salmon daily bag limit to 6 per day and 12 in possession, effective for 12:01 a.m., Saturday, July 20.
  • In the Kasilof River: This emergency order increases the sockeye salmon bag limit to 6 per day and 12 in possession.
  • The daily bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon in the Upper Kenai River above Skilak Lake is 3 fish.
  • Russian River and Russian Kenai river confluence closed by regulation to sockeye salmon fishing August 21. Please review pages 50 and 51 of the regulation booklet.
  • On September 1, standard regulations prohibit use of bait and multiple hooks in the Kenai between Skilak Lake and the Upper Killey River. Anglers should review the regulation booklet for other date specific terminal tackle regulation changes that occur throughout the Kenai Peninsula in September.


Salmon - Kenai River and Kasilof River

  • The coho salmon runs to both rivers has provided good fishing.
  • Coho salmon are being caught using a variety of methods and tackle including bait where allowed.
  • Coho salmon are being caught throughout the Kenai River in waters open to fishing for coho salmon.
  • Water level is now near average levels average in the Kenai River for this time of year.

Resident Fish - Kenai River

  • Rainbow trout fishing should improve in the Kenai River as water conditions improve and sockeye salmon continue to spawn.

Russian River - Coho Salmon & Trout

  • Sockeye salmon fishing at the Russian River and confluence area of the Russian River and Kenai River is closed for the season.
  • The bag and possession for coho salmon is 1 fish and coho salmon fishing has been good.
  • The water level in the Russian River about average for this time of year.
  • Trout fishing in the Russian River area has been good recently as spawning sockeye are present throughout the area open to trout fishing downstream of the Russian River falls.
  • If you choose to process the sockeye salmon, please cut or chop the carcass up into numerous pieces and throw the pieces into fast moving water. Or carry the fish whole to the cleaning stations provided at the Russian-Kenai rivers confluence and Russian River ferry. If possible, take harvested fish out whole and responsibly dispose of the fish waste.
Lake Fishing
  • Many lakes in the Soldotna-Kenai area lakes to provide open water fishing from both the shore and from a boat. Fishing has been good to excellent at several area lakes. Twenty-eight Kenai Peninsula lakes are stocked by the Department. In addition, numerous lakes support natural populations of rainbow trout, lake trout and Dolly Varden. Numerous Kenai Peninsula Lakes provide great fishing opportunity in the spring while flowing waters are closed to fishing. Bait fished under a bobber, small spinners and spoons or fly fishing from a float tube all produce great rates during the spring while the ice is receding or immediately after ice-out.
Recorded weekly fishing reports from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game for other areas in the state can be reached by calling:
267-2515 in Anchorage
746-6300 in Palmer
235-6930 in Homer.

Helpful Links

Area webpage:
Salmon and trout identification pages:
Sonar estimates/weir counts:
Kenai River in season data summaries: not yet available
River levels:
Lake stocking:
Maps to stocked lakes:
Southcentral informational handouts:
Safety in bear country:
Northern pike:
OEO/ADA statement:

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