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

Disclaimer

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 18 to August 24, 2014 


Emergency Orders and In-season Regulation Changes

  • Emergency Orders are in effect for the following areas:
  • Personal use fishing permits must be returned to ADF&G, please return your permit.
  • The Russian-Kenai river confluence area and the Russian River: This area closed to sockeye salmon fishing by standard regulation at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, August 20. Please review page 51 of the Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary Booklet the coho salmon bag limit in this area is 1 per day / 1 in possession.
  • In the Kenai River: Please review the daily bag limit regulations for salmon. The coho salmon bag limit is 2 per day while pink salmon limit is 6 per day.

FRESHWATER

Salmon - Kenai River and Kasilof River

  • Water levels are very high for this time of year. A flood watch for both rivers expires on Monday, August 18 and fishing conditions are expected to improve later in the week.
  • Pink salmon are migrating into the Kenai River in very large numbers. Anglers fishing for coho salmon are catching pink salmon from Skilak Lake downstream to the mouth of the Kenai River.
  • Coho salmon fishing is slow in both the Kenai and Kasilof rivers. Large numbers of pink salmon in the Kenai River make it difficult to fish for coho salmon. Coho salmon fishing is expected to improve later in August and during September after the pink salmon spawn and die.

Resident Fish - Kenai River & Kasilof River

  • Fishing for rainbow trout has been fair recently in the Kenai River. As water conditions improve fishing success will also improve.

Russian River / Upper Kenai - Sockeye Salmon

  • The sockeye salmon in this area are turning to spawning coloration as the run is nearly completed for the season.
  • Coho salmon are present in the area. Please review page 51 of the regulation booklet as the coho salmon bag limit is 1 per day/ 1in possession for the Russian-Kenai rivers confluence area and in the Russian River.
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. Several Kenai Peninsula lakes are stocked with Rainbow trout, Arctic grayling, land-locked salmon and Arctic char. Numerous lakes also support natural populations of rainbow trout, lake trout and Dolly Varden. Numerous Kenai Peninsula Lakes provide great fishing opportunity through the summer. Bait fished under a bobber, small spinners and spoons or fly fishing from a float tube all may produce high catch rates and can provide anglers great fishing.
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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