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

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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 JULY 15 TO JULY 21, 2014 


Emergency Orders and In-season Regulation Changes

  • Emergency Orders are in effect for the following areas:
  • In the Kenai River: This emergency order prohibits the retention of king salmon of any size in the Kenai River from Saturday, July 19 through Thursday, July 31. An emergency order issued February 27 remains in effect that closes the Kenai River to king salmon fishing from Tuesday, July 1 through Thursday, July 31, from an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek, upstream to an ADFG marker located at the outlet of Skilak Lake. While fishing for king salmon in the area described above, gear is restricted to the use of an artificial lure only with a single, barbless hook; the use barbed hooks is prohibited while fishing in this area for king salmon. A “barbless” hook is a hook that is manufactured without a barb or the barb has been completely removed or compressed so the barb is in complete contact with the shaft of the hook. Fishing with single barbed hooks for other species such as red salmon, rainbow trout and Dolly Varden is permitted.

  • In the Kenai River Personal Use Fishery: This emergency order prohibits the retention of king salmon in the Kenai River personal use dip net fishery that opens at 6:00 a.m., Thursday, July 10.
  • In the Kenai River: This emergency order prohibits the use of bait in the Kenai River from Tuesday, July 1 through Thursday, July 31. An emergency order issued February 27 remains in effect that closes the Kenai River to king salmon fishing from Tuesday, July 1 through Thursday, July 31, from an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek, upstream to an ADFG marker located at the outlet of Skilak Lake.
  • In the Kasilof River: This emergency order prohibits the use of multiple hooks and bait in the Kasilof River downstream of the Sterling Highway Bridge from Tuesday, July 1 through Thursday, July 31.
  • In the Kasilof River: This emergency effective 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 4 increased the sockeye salmon bag limit to 6 per day and 12 in possession.
  • In the Kasilof River Personal Use Fishery: This emergency effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 4 increased the area open to dip netting from shore upstream to the Sterling Highway Bridge and increased the area open to dip netting from a boat upstream to an ADF&G marker located at approximately river mile 3.
  • Kenai and Kasilof River Personal Use Dip Net: Please review regulations on page 15 of the Southcentral Alaska sport fishing regulation summary booklet. You must remove tips of the tails and record your harvest at the place where salmon were taken from the water whether fishing waters open to personal use from a shoreline, streambank, or boat.

FRESHWATER

Salmon - Kenai River and Kasilof River

  • King salmon fishing in the Kenai River is very slow. Success rates are very low because relatively few king salmon have entered the Kenai River during July.
  • King salmon fishing success in the Kasilof River is also low.
  • Sockeye salmon fishing in the Kenai River is slow to fair however, will wax and wane as sockeye salmon migrate into the Kenai River.
  • The numbers of sockeye salmon entering the Kasilof River have remained relatively stable for several days and fishing success is fair.

Resident Fish - Kenai River & Kasilof River

  • Fishing for rainbow trout has been fair recently in the Kenai River however, will likely improve as water conditions improve.

Russian River - Sockeye Salmon

  • Russian River sockeye salmon fishing success may improve over the next several days as late-run sockeye salmon migrate through the Kenai River.
  • Presently fishing success for sockeye salmon is very low.
Northern Pike
  • Few area lakes have northern pike, but public access is limited. Private property owners may allow access, but get permission first.
  • Pike can be taken using spears, bow and arrow (with arrow attached by a line), bait, spin, and fly-fishing gear. Try fish-shaped and fish-colored lures and flies.
  • There is no closed season for pike and the bag limit is unlimited. Wanton waste laws apply so be sure to use, or donate to charity, all the pike you harvest.
Lake Fishing
  • Fishing conditions at area lakes are very good. Stocked Kenai Peninsula lakes as well as 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 catch rates during the spring immediately after ice-out and can provide anglers with some of the best fishing of the year.
Personal Use Fisheries - Kenai & Kasilof River
  • Personal use fishing has been fair and will wax and wane as sockeye salmon migrate into the Kenai and Kasilof river.
  • By regulation dip netting at the Kasilof River mouth is allowed only inside the ADF&G markers located on the Cook Inlet beaches. A straight line of sight between the 2 markers designates the seaward boundary line for the area open to dip netting.
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: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/Region2/areas/kenai/kenhome.cfm
Salmon and trout identification pages: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/regulations/2001/html/pdfs/01ayksalmonid.pdf
Sonar estimates/weir counts: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/Region2/Escapement/HTML/query.cfm
Kenai River in season data summaries: not yet available
River levels: http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/ahps.cgi?pacr
Lake stocking: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/Hatchery/Stocking_search/HTML/stock_search.cfm
Maps to stocked lakes: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/Region2/LAKEMAPS/HTML/LAKEMAP1.stm
Southcentral informational handouts: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/region2/pubs.cfm
Safety in bear country:http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/hunt_trap/hunting/huntak/huntak14.cfm
Enforcement: http://www.dps.state.ak.us/fwp/index.asp
Regulations: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/reghome.cfm
Northern pike: http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/region2/areas/anch/pikepage.cfm
OEO/ADA statement: http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/oeostate.php



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